- Joe Cornell
- February 19th, 2017
- Trouble with Contractors?
So why are there so many dishonest contractors? I think it is because there are a lot of people that get into that business because they are not qualified to do anything else, and they do not want to hold down a steady job. Or, maybe it is because they cannot hold down a steady job. In any event, the business of doing contract work is a business that attracts people who very often have some very serious problems, e.g., alcoholism, drug abuse, social problems, criminal backgrounds, financial problems, etc. As these people struggle through their, they find out that they can find work doing odd jobs such as raking leaves, mowing lawns, and doing the little to medium-size fix up projects, depending upon their expertise, their abilities, and their willingness to deceive their customers.
Once these individuals, with these kinds of problems, get into the contracting business they seem to figure out how to take advantage of many of those that hire them. This includes, but is not limited to little old ladies, little old man, people who know nothing about either contracting or doing what they need to have done, and so they become very susceptible to these people who hold themselves out as handymen or as a contractor. After all, common sense tells you that raking your yard in the fall and getting rid of all the leaves is a fairly easy simple and usually understood project. However, that is not always the case! Even the small simple tasks can turn into nightmares.
In this blog, I am not going to deal very much with large more reputable contractors, because I do not believe that the average person deals with these large contractors very often, and because properly dealing with a very large contractor is quite complicated and one should always employ an attorney to help you protect yourself. Having said that, what I am going to deal with is the smaller contractor who does work for average individuals on projects that rarely exceed $15,000, and are often times no more financially draining than $100. It is the smaller contractors who rip people off at a rate of approximately 80% of the time; at least that is what my surveys and studies indicate.
But do not despair! These people can be dealt with and the average person can protect themselves from being ripped off by these devious individuals by just using and developing a strategy and methodology that provides a lot of protection with the average individual.