Ever been screwed by a bad contractor? I have. So prepare for a nice rant here! We had a water leak at our house and had water and mold damage. Hired a contractor to do the remediation. During the course of the remediation, the contractor caused some additional damage to the property – specifically, they put a hammer through the exterior stucco wall. The remediation contractor said that our insurance company should take care of the cost of that repair. And that’s fine, so we had our general contractor who is rebuilding our house submit a bid for $2400 to the insurance company for the repair. But our insurance company had to go through their process and would did not (and has not yet) approve the cost of the repair. I paid the remediation contractor the rest of the money he was owed, but held back that portion of the money, waiting to see that the insurance company would pay for the repair of the damaged that the contractor caused, accidentally to be sure, in the course of their work. That sounds reasonable, right? Not for the contractor. He and his office flew into a rage, threatening me with a lien, a small claim suit, insurance fraud, and criminal charges. Just totally over the top with threats and intimidation. His office manager, or someone working for him, texted me and said “You’re a REALTOR, after a closing you wouldn’t turn around and try to renegotiate your commission with your client would you?” I didn’t reply, because that’s ridiculous – but guess what? Let’s say I had accidentally put a hole in the stucco wall of a house I was selling. Let’s say I didn’t put the hole in the wall, that say some buyer did or whatever, and the client thinks that I am in some way responsible for it. What would I do? Would I tell the client, “Hey, stuff happens, you take care of it, now pay me my whole commission”? No. Instead, I would do whatever I can to take care of the problem such that the client says in the end, “Wow, Seb really stepped up!” so they would like be thrilled in the end with the service they’ve experienced. Totally opposite to what these guys are doing, which is blaming me, blaming my house, blaming the insurance company, threatening me with legal action, putting a lien on my house – for them breaking a hole in the exterior stucco wall of my house and refusing to take any ownership of the problem. Incredible.
Screwed by a Bad Contractor
The saddest event in real estate
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