Thursday, March 31, 2011

Avoid The Heartbreak Of A Home Remodeling Project Gone Wrong: 5 Mistakes Homeowners Make When Hiring Contractors

It’s a fact.  There are both good and bad contractors working in the industry.  And it’s no secret to consumers that remodeling nightmares exist as we’ve either read about them or know of folks who have been through it.  Yet time and again, consumers find themselves in trouble with their projects and contractors as a result of their lack of knowledge on what they need to do to protect themselves from unscrupulous business practices.

Home improvement is one of the top industries noted for fraud and customer dissatisfaction and has consistently been ranked as such over the last decade, according to the Consumer Federation of America, The National Association of Consumer Agency Administrators and North American Consumer Protection Investigators.

While much of the blame falls on the home improvement industry... Read more here

Thursday, March 17, 2011

The Danger Of Accepting A Low Bid

The following article is by guest contributor and General Contractor Keith Lazerson of KL9 Construction in San Diego, CA. It's on a subject I have commented and written on many times and Keith's perspective as an ethical contractor is much appreciated. A must read for homeowners.

Today, more than ever, you need to be careful in choosing a home improvement contractor. Many companies have been hit hard by the recent recession and are desperate for work. Consequently, a lot of contractors are resorting to some unscrupulous tactics in order to get jobs. The most common of these practices is offering a tantalizing low bid on a project with the intention of tacking on extra charges after the job has started. It’s simply a contractor’s version of the old bait and switch. Read the rest of the article here.

Thursday, March 10, 2011’s Home Remodeling Blog Is Named in the Top 50 Home Building Blogs

Delighted to have this blog recognized by the construction industry. Read the Press Release here:

5 Key Tips For Hiring The Right Contractor For Your Home Remodeling Project (and avoid the contractor from hell!)

Hiring the right home renovation contractor really is an “inside job” that requires thoughtful research on the part of the homeowner. Folks who are considering renovating their homes this year should plan first on getting educated about hiring the right contractor for their project and understanding their rights.

The fact is that home improvement has consistently ranked at the top for consumer dissatisfaction and fraud according to various consumer agencies.
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