I’ve heard from many consumers over the years who hired a friend – sometimes licensed, sometmes not – to perform some type of remodeling project. And it just never turns out to be the smartest idea and very often it’s the end of the so called friendship. Usually the lure is one of “saving money” and the guy could use the work and well, their friends”. Yeah right. Quite the opposite typically happens.
The work ends up being shoddy and timelines are not met. Of course there is no contract and the homeowner usually has fronted a good deal of the entire cost of the project with very little to show for it. They’ve asked repeatedly for some progress and some folks ask for a contract after the fact. These kinds of scenarios rarely work out in favor of the homeowner and only add to their frustration and money lost.
Recently I received another one of these kinds of emails from a homeowners asking what her options are and my answer to her query is posted in my FAQ section of my site.
This is exactly what I've been talking about in regards to unethical, smarmy, so-called contractors coming into these disaster areas and re-victimizing homeowners who have lost their homes and basically everything to hurricanes, floods, and wildfires. Having sat on the "Don't Get Scammed" panel after the San Diego wildfires in 2007, these scams can happen when consumers are so vulnerable, believing that most have their best interests at heart. Not within this industry, unfortunately, which is easily hijacked by despicable individuals.