Fixing Someone Else's Mess
By Justin Parat
Although I specialize in wood floors and ceramic tile,
my father taught me every aspect of construction from a
young age so I enjoy doing all aspects of construction.
I have the benefit of working with my brother and friend
Matt....both who were taught all their excellent skills and
good work habits from my father!
We had a small project to do over the last couple of weeks,
it involved fixing a room addition that was hacked
together by someone pretending to be a contractor and ran
away with the owners money. It's very important that you work
with trustworthy people and this day and age it difficult to
find good people to hire.
I can tell you how to avoid getting ripped off. Never hire
the cheapest bid. Anyone can low ball a price....just to
get a job, take a couple of payments and suddenly they don't
show up anymore. I'm still pretty young and we've been on at
least 10 projects that had to be fixed and involved the
homeowner getting ripped off.
On this project we had to fix walls, frame roofs, take apart
new framing and then try to put everything back together again
so it looked good.
I can't show pictures because I don't want to embarass
anyone, but I will tell you it was in Island Lake,
Illinois. The project turned out great, but it
took us twice as long to fix than we expected,
but we honored our original price. You might say, "You messed
up on the estimate." No....it's very hard to tell what needs to
be done to fix something that wasn't done right the first time
around, you never know what to expect.