Happy Homes U.S.A.
V - 9 September - October 2014 N – 3
The Best Way To Avoid Contractor Fraud
by Jody Costello
With home renovations slowly on the rise after a long, economic downturn, homeowners are beginning to explore ways in which to upgrade their homes. And with that comes the daunting task of finding a competent, ethical contractor in whom they can trust.
We’ve all heard horror stories about contractors ripping people off, abandoning projects or demanding more money than what the original agreed upon contract stated. Having been one of those victims 12 years ago, I can assure you the financial and emotional devastation of an experience like that will quickly destroy your trust in hiring any contractor ever again.
The truth of the matter is that there are those individuals in the construction industry who are by nature unscrupulous individuals and the lure of obtaining large amounts of money from unsuspecting consumers is enticing. This is especially true in those states that do not require licensing for contractors thus putting homeowners at greater risk in hiring a bad contractor.
Continued in the "Commendables" of Successful Home Projects
[It’s truly a blessing to have this opportunity to share yet another story or more about how seriously our government officials and appointees are taking matters of home improvement. It helps remind us that government of the various states does more than just care about these circumstances ….. government acts.
Although we prefer to open this one with a recent government article fresh for the month of September, we have not broached any worthy of this section. In consolation we are publishing related info from earlier but recent times].
State Suing Home Improvement Contractor
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has announced a lawsuit against a St. Clairsville home improvement contractor accused of failing to deliver promised services and performing shoddy work.
"Consumers paid thousands of dollars for work not completed as promised....By law, businesses are required to fulfill their obligations to consumeers, am=nd, when they don't, we well hold them accountable!"
Mike DeWine, State Attorney General - Ohio
Credit: Norwalk Reflector Staff
*[Now here is a story which did not break until two days after the official release of the September-October 2014 Edition of “Happy Homes U.S.A.” (9/15/14). We really wanted to open this latest edition with something a bit above average for this boutique. Dishonest people who rip those of the private home sector of our country are more regularly prosecuted and convicted today than, let’s say, 10 years ago.Yet, behind the scenes in quite a few of these cases are our state Attorneys General, District Attorneys, and other higher legal officials. Yet, now and then it’s broadcast to a wider audience. So here it is …]
Contractor and Co. in Deep Trouble
A residential contractor is in deep trouble with the office of the State Attorney General Mike De Wine. Reportedly, this particular contractor’s business practices have been so loathsome that, as of this report many homeowners in the vicinity of Marion are at risk of losing their homes and perhaps even the land they were built on. Please, read this …. It may very well help you, your family, your home, and your future:
Credit: Marion Online News Staff
Owner of Home Improvement Company
Sentenced for Fraud
“Honest and law abiding citizens are fed up with the likes of those who use deceit and fraud to line their pockets with other people’s money… … … Those individuals who engage in this type of financial fraud should know they will not go undetected and will be held accountable."
Kathy A. Enstrom
Acting Special Agent in Charge, IRS, Criminal Investigation, Cincinnati Field Office
County Cracking Down on Unlicensed
Home Improvement Contractors
A very intense speech was made last June by the Montgomery County Executive Isaiah Leggett about the predatory tendencies of dishonest contractors towards private homeowners (homerenters are always included in this picture). He expressed a special concern for senior citizens in the private home setting being among the most vulnerable of victims. On the overall, he pointed out that a lot of this activity was perpetrated and orchestrated by the unlicensed contingent of contractors.
“Vulnerable homeowners – especially seniors – need to be vigilant when hiring a contractor. These illegal and unscrupulous merchants seek to take advantage of consumers, especially during the warm weather months and after every storm.”
Montgomery County Executive
Special Security Message
Please, do not select and hire anyone to do any work in, on, or around your home without throughly reseaching them. This cannot be stressed too much.
Apparently, of the millions of honest and loyal residential contractors in our country, there are approximately better than one hundred thousand who are corrupt. This is a reason it can be a great idea to take measures to ensure that the work you need done will be as good or better than you imagined. So here's to your project success for 2014!:
1. research contractors thoroughly
2. be certain they are operating well within the law of your state
3. do not make any sudden or overnight decisions on contractors
4. get several bids, from several different contractors
5. check out all references
6. Keep in touch with HGRBS (we are part of your back up crew)
[There are driveway specialists of all 50 states. When we need our driveways done, we do our best to call in the professionals. Yet, at times, when we do not have all the facts about the people we contact or by whom we are contacted, we can really be at a loss when they turn our being professionals of another kind. We noted that what false “profits” and driveways have in common with county jails is EVERYTHING! Let’s see how this one rattles]
[It is not too uncommon for paving jobs to be delayed until later in the year. Much of the time it is for financial reasons. Alas! The funds become available and the experts in this realm are summoned. Yet, again another paving episode. This one is indisputably the most gruesome of the two. Check it out]
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