Thought I’d get off the TruStone soapbox

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. 1 Avoid making decisions.
  2. Change orders frequently, then become outraged by the additional costs and delays.
  3. Ask a contractor to provide a solution to a difficult design problem, then use a different contractor for the job.
  4. 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?
  5. Withhold final payment for months because of minor problems like missing fixtures that are on order.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Call the contractor in the middle of the night and on weekends about problems that can wait until Monday.
  10. 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