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Bad Contractors - A Home Repair Horror Story That Could Happen To You!

Bad Contractors - A Home Repair Horror Story That Could Happen To You!

A few days ago our weekly newsletter was published. One of the articles was by Mike Holmes on how to pick a good contractor.
It was very interesting on how contractors work.

Bad ContractorsAfter my clients received their "I Love Kentucky News!", an email came in to my inbox.

It was from a dear friend. She had read the story and wanted to share her experience with hiring a contractor.

I was shocked by her story and felt sad that he had ripped her off.

How can people sleep after doing evil things?? Here is her story...

Hi Lizette,

Your newsletter concerning hiring a contractor is so important for people to read. 

I recently had a fire in my home and hired a contractor, (friend of a friend type thing) and after less than 9 days on the job I had to fire him. 

WELL!!!  guess what?  I made a knucklehead mistake and had already given him $57,000 of the insurance money to get started.

When I tried to get my money back he told me he had no money left and that he had used the money on other projects. 

Now, I am in the middle of a law suit, which is costing me several thousand dollars, still out of my home, the insurance will only pay for about 6 more weeks of my family living in an apartment and the mess just keeps going on and on. It is almost as though the contractor is bulletproof.  

So please, please, please tell everyone out there to be so very careful who you deal with. I never though it would happen to me.

(Name withheld to protect the innocent victim)

I can't imagine the heartache she feels about this. If you need to hire a contractor, stay on guard and ask for references at least. See current work they have done. Cheap and fast is not always a good combination either.


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Comment balloon 6 commentsLizette Fitzpatrick • June 06 2010 06:59PM


Very sad situation - I tell all of my customers get it in writing and get at least 3 estimates.  This keeps everyone honest.



Posted by Laurie C. Bailey-Gates, ABR, SFR (Robert Paul Properties) about 9 years ago

Lizette, It is shameful that there are people out there that scam and take advantage of others.  There are ways to minimize possible risks when dealing with contractors ... it does not sound like your friend took precautions.  I am sending a silent prayer for her ... and the contractor. 

Posted by Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist (KD Realty - 408.972.1822) about 9 years ago

Laurie - That's a good idea. If you can find that many.

Kathleen - I'm worried about her also. Her husband just had heart surgery and this has to be hard on him too.

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) about 9 years ago

Oh man, what a horror story!  I hope the contractor has some kind of insurance for the attorney to go after for all of her anguish and expenses.

Posted by Christopher Watters, Austin Realtor (512-829-8000) (Watters International Realty) about 9 years ago

Wow, that is pretty low of the contractor, unfortunately there are individuals out there who love to take advantage.  I hope the individual who wrote to you finds closer very soon to this situation.  I would not want to be the contractor who is responsible for mess, it will come back 3x, always does...sooner or later. ~laura cerrano

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) about 9 years ago

Lizette - My heart goes out to this family, I hate hearing stories like this, it breaks my heart that another human being can do this and sleep at night.

Posted by Michelle Gibson, REALTOR (Hansen Real Estate Group Inc. ) about 9 years ago

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