I received an email from a homeowner who after signing a contract and moving forward with their remodeling project soon realized they had made a mistake in hiring the contractor. Which is pretty much what happened to us 11 years ago. My Horror Story and Warning Signs section offered her validation that she was not alone and needed to take action before things got worse.
Unfortunately, from this point forward there are going to be costs not anticipated, such as hiring an attorney to review a contract that is likely devoid of any protective clauses including right to terminate based on specific actions or lack thereof. Time lines were not being honored by the contractor, who kept offering reassurances that all would be well. They want to terminate the contract but of course fear the ramifications of that and rightly so. In the mean time, they are trying to be patient, asking questions and hoping for the best. So now they are at the mercy of their contractor, the very thing I teach folks how not to be! It is my biggest pet peeve that consumers choose their contractors poorly and don’t take the time to get educated on their rights, the contractors rights, contractor state laws such as Mechanics Liens, Preliminary Notices, Lien Waivers, background checks and so much more.
People just don’t realize the need to get informed on what I call the pre-renovation process that takes you through all the ins and outs of contracting for a home renovation project and understand what’s at stake.
You need to prepare yourself to undertake a project that is going to consume your money and protect that consumption of money from being unfairly drained further due to poor choices and a lack of knowledge. We consumers are the only ones that are responsible for protecting ourselves from unscrupulous business practices because the government can’t and won’t protect us. And litigation is a costly way to seek justice and to right a wrong.
If you’re planning on renovating then plan on getting educated on the realities and risks and get informed – Join the Home[Pre]modeling Boot Camp for Women (and The Men Who Love Them!) and learn how to prevent a home remodeling disaster and have a more positive experience instead!
Very well said. Thanks for the post. We actually experienced problems when we had renovation on our kitchen and everything was not settled even now. There are couple of misunderstandings between my mum and the contractor.