March 31st, 2010
Thought I’d get off the TruStone soapbox and offer a little humor with this gem from
the New York Times:
How to drive a contractor crazy
- 1 Avoid making decisions.
- Change orders frequently, then become outraged by the additional costs and delays.
- Ask a contractor to provide a solution to a difficult design problem, then use a different contractor for the job.
- Challenge a contractor’s expertise with sentences that include the words “my brother-in-law thinks,” “my neighbor thinks” or “I took a shop course when I was in 10th-grade and this is what I think.” If your brother-in-law was that good, why didn’t you hire him?
- Withhold final payment for months because of minor problems like missing fixtures that are on order.
- Cling to the belief that contractors have X-ray vision that enables them to see into walls, and thus are aware of faulty wiring and plumbing or rot before the start of a job.
- Attempt to poach the contractor’s workers by taking them aside and asking them to come back when the job is finished to do another job.
- Buy appliances or building materials online or from a discount house to save money, then expect the contractor to make everything work when the products are damaged or don’t arrive on time.
- Call the contractor in the middle of the night and on weekends about problems that can wait until Monday.
- Hover about a job while murmuring tragically: “It doesn’t look finished.” It’s a job site. It doesn’t look finished because it’s not finished.
– New York Times News Service