When it comes to the relationship between consumer and contractor, there is a ton of information and advice freely available. Unfortunately, many consumers fail to take advantage of all this free material or they find it too confusing and overwhelming to shift through for answers. What I’ve attempted to do is take a large portion of that information and organize it into somewhat logical topic groups I call a “Series”. Within each Series, there’s a further breakdown into individual subjects or articles. While there’s a lot of them, the articles average about 500 words each and take less than 2 minutes to read. As anyone who really knows me will attest, cutting explanations down to under 2 minutes is quite an accomplishment for me.
At the time of time of this writing, the Series include the following:
- Licensing Due Diligence
- Finding A Contractor
- Getting It In Writing
- Problem Resolution
- Getting Help
- Mechanic’s Liens
- Buyer Beware
- Tips & Tales
As I get feedback and recommendations from readers, I’ll add articles and new Series.
Anyone who has done any research on these subjects will recognize quite a bit of this material – various consumer protection websites tend to agree on the ‘hot issues’ and focus in on those same points. In many cases, I quoted their message verbatim if I felt they did a great job of getting the point across. Sometimes there is too much emphasis on the same obvious points and not enough on issues that result in the conflicts I see out there on a regular basis so in these articles, we’ll focus on real situations from the first step of the process and what to do when it happens to you.
With over 30 years of experience, I certainly have seen or heard quite a few ‘real situations’ or ‘war stories’ and will include them as either part of an article and other times part of the “Tips & Tales” series.
Please note – for the most part, I’m avoiding the use of individual’s names and/or companies. I don’t want to have to seek legal protection every time I “name names” and likewise, I don’t want these articles to divert from their objective and become a means by which contractors or consumers promote their own interests. If I do include a name, it’s because I either have personal knowledge of them or have followed the same recommendations contained within these articles to check them out.
So what makes me qualified to provide this advice – that’s coming next.