There's two posts I've read today inspired this one.
Connie Tebyani writes in her featured post:
Christine Pappas writes another post:
Both posts are about flooring . . . flooring that, within a very short amount of time, needed MORE WORK TO CORRECT THE BAD INSTALL/BAD PRODUCT!
In Connie's post, the homeowners decided to go with the lowest bid on their flooring updates. Unfortunately, they hired a "professional" that was anything but. The price they "saved" by going with the lowest bid contractor who, according to the story, didn't even use a drop cloth, will cost -- for the damage and clean up.
In Christine's post, she doesn't write about going with the lowest bid. Here she talks about a flooring product that seems (at least to me) to be other than what was promised. The flooring is so bad in her home, that after only 4 months she is going to have it all yanked out, and replaced.
Professionals -- and that includes contractors, doctors, lawyers, accountants, Realtors®, just about anyone we have to hire to do a job/perform a service for us . . . screw up. When they do, not only is the cost of their mistake added on to what they were paid to do -- THE FIRST TIME, i.e., do the job right . . . but the cost of aggravation in trying to get the situation corrected is a WHOLE 'NOTHER ISSUE!
In both flooring posts . . . the costs to correct the improperly done job will be costly, time consuming and annoying to the home owners. The went on good faith to have something done right, and it wasn't.
Connie's tale suggests that going with the lower bid might have been the reason for the schlocky workmanship. It wouldn't have mattered what they were paid -- the results would have been the same. I think that contractor does schlocky work, period.
Christine's tale suggests that she might have purchased an inferior product. Bamboo flooring is considered a very durable product. And yet . . . it doesn't seem to be the case in her install. I think she was sold an inferior product!
In both tales, the end results are the same: The professionals made a whole lot of money, screwed/botched the job, and now the home owners are stuck with the end results. Topping it off, they have to put on full battle regalia, and fight to get some sort of recompense. Costing them, yet, more in the long run, adding anxiety and frustrations when all they wanted was new flooring . . .
Sadly the "true costs" were never mentioned when they signed the contracts.
And that's why "Professionals" are insured, is it not?!?
HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA
Good luck trying to file a claim. I HATE INSURANCE COMPANIES!