Jody Costello, Founder ContractorsFromHell.com
“I teach women homeowners how to avoid remodeling disasters, find and hire ethical, competent contractors, successfully navigate the contracting process and gain greater control over their projects, money and their contractors.” – Jody Costello, Home Renovation Planning and Contractor Fraud Expert
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Jody Costello founded her website – ContactorsFromHell.com – as a result of a horrible remodeling nightmare she experienced 20 years ago, where she found herself in the fight her life to seek justice. It was a 3-year battle and many hard lessons were learned, but ultimately she won her cases, both civilly and with the Contractors Board.
Since then she has been advocating for consumer rights and has worked with the Enforcement Chief for the Contractors Board for 17 years, finding ways to better educate and protect consumers. Jody attended Board meetings in So Cal speaking out on behalf of consumer complaints and issues. She has also had the opportunity to testify before the State Senate (CA) in support of construction-related legislation that would benefit consumers.
Having personally worked with consumers, helping them work through their problems with their contractors and projects, and advising them on steps they needed to take, she came up with the idea of an online course that taught best practices in renovating, hiring, and working with contractors and navigating the contracting process.
She created the “Home Remodeling Bootcamp For Women” to help consumers avoid remodeling disasters and scams, and how to find and hire ethical, competent contractors. Jody targets women specifically for several reasons. Having worked with homeowners over the years she has found that when projects start to go wrong it’s the women who rise up to take control and confront the contractor. Much like herself, women become the “momma bears” and “she bears” who will fight to protect their rights, property, and family. These women would email Jody desperate for help in dealing with an unscrupulous contractor and a project that was out of control. They took the advice she gave them and ran with it. Of course, not everyone recovers their losses but taking actionable steps to gain control of the situation and experience some relief, gives them the confidence to seek justice for themselves. When you’re in damage-control mode, it’s often the best you can hope for.
Men are welcome to join the Bootcamp and often do.
Truth be told, construction and contractors can be intimidating to many women only because they know little about the contracting process and it’s primarily a male-dominated, dusty, dirty field. Yet, when women are armed with the knowledge they need to better manage their projects and work with contractors, they become undaunted.
And that’s her goal: to educate, empower, and engage women with the knowledge, strategies and steps they need to successfully complete their projects and avoid the drama of a remodeling project gone wrong. And an encounter with the contractor from hell!!
Jody Costello is a Home Renovation Planning & Contractor Fraud Expert who founded her website, ContractorsFromHell.com, as a result of a horrible remodeling nightmare. Since then, her mission has been to raise awareness about the risks and realities of hiring and working with contractors, completing renovations successfully, and understanding the construction planning process. Through her online course, the Home Remodeling Bootcamp For Women she educates female homeowners on how to protect their families and homes against contractor fraud.
As a consumer advocate, Jody worked with the Enforcement Chief for the CA Contractors State License Board for 17 years where she helped to shape policy and legislation to benefit consumers. She testified before the CA State Senate in favor of consumer protection bills and sat on the “Don’t Get Scammed” panel to advise victims of the 2007 California Wildfires about potential problems and unethical contractors they may encounter when rebuilding. She has been quoted and featured in various media, including People, Money, Success, This Old House magazine, the Los Angeles Times, and First For Women.
Jody Costello is a Home Renovation Planning / Contractor Fraud Expert who founded her website ContractorsFromHell.com as a result of a remodeling nightmare she experienced. Her mission is to raise awareness about the risks and realities in renovating and hiring contractors. She created her online course, the Home Remodeling Bootcamp For Women, to help homeowners better manage their projects and avoid remodeling disasters.