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By Trying to Save an Arm, it Might Surely Cost You a Leg

December 14, 2010

Contractor Issues

This is part of an on-going series concerning acceptance of  “the lowest bid” and what you get for the money. More along the lines of “Buyer Beware” or the old adage, “If it’s too good to be true, then it probably is.”  In Interior Design and Construction (or Home Staging) this is consistently true.  In this particular case, the Home Owner truly went with the lowest bid; in her own words, “Nobody could touch this Contractors prices“.  On top of this, she and her husband thought that they would save even more money by acting as their own “contractors” and overseeing the project themselves by NOT hiring a Professional Designer to assist in the process or to oversee the care and maintenance of the home. Now they are truly going to be paying some additional prices. 

Contractor Issues  

The above pictures are of the brand new, Versile Travertine tile that was one of the FIRST items that this Contractor installed.  However, instead of then taking CARE of the flooring by covering it with either plastic or drop clothes, he left is bare and unprotected for the duration of his crew working in the space.  Cement, grout, paint, liquid spills, coffee, a shoe print of who-knows-what all were left to DRY and STAIN the no longer “new” travertine floors. This was not just in one room, but several areas of the entire floor of the home. Unfortunately for this Home Owner,  they will most likely need to now pay a substantial sum of money for a Professional Flooring Company to come and strip, clean and reseal these natural stone floors – that is if they were ever sealed to begin with.  We have our doubts.

More blogs will follow regarding these very issues and why it is imperative to have a Professional assist you with the remodel, design and CARE for your home.  Our Professionals are fully licensed and insured and will not only walk you through the entire remodeling process, but will be constantly looking out for your home and assets.  Call us today to schedule your appointment at (805) 553~9952.   Platinum Home Staging & Interior Design

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. December 14, 2010 4:41 pm

    “You get what you pay for” is an old but very true saying.
    I have worked for a commercial roofing company and this saying is as true for commercial constructions as it is for residential constructions.
    Our company was many many times bid out by low offer bids but after so long the general contractor still got a hold of us fixing the “crap” those low bidders considered to be a roof. More then once we have put a new roof on buildings that were roofed so lousy that the owner had no other chance than to bite in the sour apple and pay the additional cost.
    Yes, they were trying to save an arm when the building was build new but later it cost them a leg to get it fixed in a way it should have been right from begin on.

  2. December 15, 2010 4:47 am

    Such a true statement — with pictures that are worth 1,000 more words! So sad that your new clients had to learn the hard way. Thanks for sharing!

  3. December 21, 2010 2:12 am

    You wrote great post. I like your blog it contains very informative article I will share it with my friends. they also roofers Thank You

    Vancouver Roofing Contractor


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