The Home Improvement Nightmare-Who’s To Blame and Hoe Homeowners Can Avoid it
Unless you live in a remote part of the country with no television, newspaper, or other people to talk to, there is a good chance you have heard or read about a home improvement scam or project gone wrong. It seems to be a fact in this country that when you go about doing a home improvement project you will usually encounter countless problems, delays, and shoddy work.
The home improvement experience leaves most people stressed and vowing never to do another project again! So it is not surprising to hear that home improvement complaints rank at the top of consumer complaints nationwide, year after year. Where does the blame fall for this epidemic of home improvement problems?
I am proud to say I was a home improvement contractor for almost 30 years and I was fortunate enough to win some of the industry’s highest awards. However, it has never ceased to amaze me the poor home improvement decisions that I have seen so many homeowners make. One of the more notable mistakes I witnessed was when homeowners would blindly hire someone to do a project because the person was a friend or a friend of a friend. To me this reasoning makes no sense. Friendship and craftsmanship are not related, but for some reason a lot of people believe otherwise. Another great example of homeowner apathy would be hiring someone to do a project without ever putting anything in writing. Who in their right mind would ever agree to such a disastrous situation? Another very similar blunder would be for a homeowner to blindly accept an estimate on the back of a business card. Usually the only information that has room on the back of a business card is the PRICE. This is a major mistake made by many people doing home improvement projects, letting price dictate the decision on who to hire. More home improvement problems occur because homeowners pick the lowest price, then one could ever imagine. Why? It is very simple. You can only produce a high quality project at a certain cost. High quality materials, expert labor, appropriate insurances, and a reasonable profit to stay in business, cost a certain amount of money. If someone can do that same project under that amount, what do you think is going to happen when the job is being done? That’s right, the person or company is going to do anything possible to try to make a profit. All of the possibilities that could result from choosing the low bidder, are simply all BAD for the homeowner. In home improvements you get exactly what you pay for.
Let’s not forget to put some blame on people looking to work on your home. Over the years I have seen some of my competitors commit heinous business practices. (Surprise!!) I have seen contractors switch materials to lesser quality without customer approval, use unqualified labor, overcharge homeowners for “unforeseen problems”, try to up sell the customer once the project starts, etc., etc., etc…….It makes you wonder if you can trust anyone?
So where does the blame fall for all the home improvement complaints year after year? I guess it would be easy to blame the homeowner for not educating themselves on what to do when attempting a project. However, the next question would be where does a homeowner get “educated”? Maybe a better question would be when does a homeowner find the time to get “educated”? Education is a great tool if you have the time to do the research. Most people don’t have the time or want to take the time to do hours and hours of research on doing a home improvement project correctly.
Oops I almost forgot Uncle Sam. A lot of people, including myself, think the government makes it too easy for someone, who has no ethics or skills, to do home improvement work. Why are there still some states that do not have licenses for people doing home improvements? And in the states that do have licensing, why are some of these states issuing licenses without the applicant needing to demonstrate any type of competence in home improvement work? This is like giving out a driver’s license without taking a road test. Doesn’t make much sense to me.
One last situation to blame, one that I would never forgive myself for not mentioning. Home improvement television shows have become the latest fad. You can hardly change television channels without a home improvement program popping up. The influx of home improvement shows on television has been phenomenal. Most of these shows tend to unrealistically glorify the home improvement project as being easy to do with nothing ever going wrong. The last time I looked nothing ever goes perfect, including home improvement projects. Little, if any information is mentioned on these shows, about how not to be “taken to the cleaners” when doing a project.
One would have to conclude that there is plenty of blame to go around when it comes to the problems homeowners face when attempting a home-improvement project. Unfortunately, most of these problems have been around for many years and if you are expecting a “quick fix”, I think you might be waiting a very long time.
Since I retired from the home improvement industry two (2) years ago I decided it was time to stop worrying about who or what to blame about the constant wave of home improvement complaints (it really seems to be a waste of energy since nothing seems to change) and to put together a way for homeowners to fight back and get the home improvement results that they deserve.
This is why I founded The Home Improvement Success Club of America ™. The club’s website, which I hope you will visit, can be found at www.homeimprovementsuccess.com. This is a one-of-a-kind club that guides homeowners on how to get high quality, problem free, home improvement results.
Membership to this club includes The Home Improvement Success System, a complete how-to home improvement system that details all the steps you need to take to make your project a success. The club membership also includes a web forum to ask questions, phone consultations, monthly newsletters, teleseminars, teleclasses, and written evaluations of member estimates and contracts.
This club guarantees to short cut the time homeowners need to learn how to complete any home improvement project. You are shown what to do and what to avoid. All the information that you receive from this club you could spend months trying to find but by joining this club it is at your finger tips 24/7.
To do a home improvement project correctly, you need to follow five (5) steps. These steps are:
1. Define your project based on your needs, finances, and structural constraints.
2. Determine who can complete the project.
3. Evaluate prospective candidates (including yourself) who you may want to use to complete the project.
4. Prepare a contract that is “thorough” and protects you from poor home improvement situations.
5. Completing certain tasks when the project is being built.
These five steps seem relatively easy to understand but it’is the “particulars” (exactly what to say and do) of each step where most people fall short. Knowing these “particulars” are what makes or breaks your project. Membership to this club will guide you to completing a home improvement project without all the problems and aggravation than most people go through.
If you are interested in protecting your home from the home-improvement nightmare, then visit The Home Improvement Success Club of America website. Joining this club is the next best thing to getting “Home Improvement Insurance”. All Club memberships come with a 30-day money back guarantee.
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