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The Home Improvement Nightmare-Who’s To Blame and How To Avoid It

December 17, 2015

Unless you live in a remote part of the country with no
television, newspaper or other people to talk to, there is a good chance
you have heard or read about a home improvement scam or project gone
wrong. It seems to be a fact in this country that when you go about
doing a home improvement project you will usually encounter countless
problems, delays and shoddy work.

The home improvement experience
leaves most people stressed and vowing never to do another project
again! So it is not surprising to hear that home improvement complaints
rank at the top of consumer complaints nationwide year after year. Where
does the blame fall for this epidemic of home improvement problems?

am proud to say I was a home improvement contractor for almost 30 years
and I was fortunate enough to win some of the industry’s highest
awards. However, it has never ceased to amaze me the poor home
improvement decisions that I have seen so many homeowners make. One of
the more notable mistakes I would see done over and over again was when
a homeowner would blindly hire someone to do a project because the
person was a friend or a friend of a friend. To me this reasoning makes
no sense.

Friendship and craftsmanship are not related, but for
some reason a lot of people believe other wise. Another great example of
homeowner apathy is hiring someone to do a project without ever putting
anything in writing. Who in their right mind would ever agree to such a
disastrous situation? Another very similar blunder would be for a
homeowner to blindly accept an estimate on the back of a business card.
Usually the only information that has room on the back of a business
card is the PRICE.

A major mistake made by many people doing a
home improvement project is letting price dictate the decision on who to
hire. More problems occur because homeowners pick the lowest price they
can find. Why? It is very simple. You can only produce a high quality
project at a certain cost. High quality materials, expert labor,
appropriate insurances and a reasonable profit to stay in business, cost
a certain amount of money.

If someone can do that same project
under that amount, what do you think is going to happen when the job is
being done? That’s right, the person or company is going to do anything
they can to try and make a profit. All of the possibilities that could
result from the person you hired, as the low bidder, trying to make a
profit, are simply all BAD for the homeowner. In home improvements you
get exactly what you pay for.

Let’s not forget to put some of the
blame on people looking to work on your home. Over the years I have seen
some of my competitors commit heinous business practices. (Surprise!!) I
have seen contractors switch materials to lesser quality without
customer approval, use unqualified labor, overcharge homeowners for
“unforeseen problems”, try to up sell the customer once the project
starts, etc.,etc.,etc…….it makes you wonder if you can trust anyone?

where does the blame fall for all the home improvement complaints year
after year? I guess it would be easy to blame the homeowner for not
educating themselves on what to do when attempting a project. However
the next question would be where does a homeowner get “educated”? Maybe a
better question would be when does a homeowner find the time to get
“educated”? Education is a great tool if you have the time to do the
research. Most people don’t have the time or want to take the time to do
hours and hours of research on how to go about getting a home
improvement done correctly.

Oops I almost forgot Uncle Sam. A lot
of people, including myself, think the government makes it too easy for
someone, who has no ethics or skills, to do home improvement work. Why
are there still some states that do not have licensing for people doing
home improvements? And in the states that do have licensing, why are
some of these states issuing licenses without the applicant needing to
demonstrate any type of competence in home improvement work? This is
like giving out a driver’s license without taking a road test. Doesn’t
make much sense to me.

One last situation to blame, one that I would never
forgive myself for not mentioning. Home improvement television shows
have become the latest fad in television. You can hardly change
television channels without a home improvement program popping up. The
influx of home improvement shows on television has been phenomenal.
However, most of these shows tend to unrealistically glorify the home
improvement project as being easy to do with nothing ever going wrong.
The last time I looked, nothing ever goes perfect, including home
improvement projects. Little, if any information is mentioned on these
shows, about how not to be “taken to the cleaners” when doing a project.

would have to conclude that there is plenty of blame to go around when
it comes to the problems homeowners face when attempting a home
improvement project. Unfortunately, most of these problems have been
around for many years and if you are expecting a “quick fix”, I think
you might be waiting a very long time.

Since I retired from the
home improvement industry two (2) years ago I decided it was time to
stop worrying about who or what to blame about the constant wave of home
improvement complaints (it really seems to be a waste of energy since
nothing seems to change) and to put together a way for homeowners to
fight back and get the home improvement results that they deserve.

is why I founded The Home Improvement Success Club of America (TM). The
club’s website, which I hope you will visit, can be found at This is a one-of-a-kind club that guides homeowners on how to get high quality, problem free, home improvement results.

to this club includes The Home Improvement Success System, a complete
how-to home improvement system that details all the steps you need to
take to make your project a success. The club membership also includes a
web forum to ask questions, phone consultations, monthly newsletters,
teleseminars, teleclasses and written evaluations of member estimates
and contracts.

This club guarantees to short cut the time
homeowners need to learn how to complete any home improvement project.
You are shown what to do and what to avoid. All the information that you
receive from this club you could spend months trying to find, but by
joining this club it is at your finger tips 24/7.

To do a home improvement project correctly you need to follow five (5) steps. These steps are:

1. Define your project based on your needs, finances and structural constraints.

2. Determine who can complete the project.

3. Evaluate perspective candidates (including yourself) who you may want to use to complete the project.

4. Prepare a contract that is “thorough” and protects you from poor home improvement situations.

5. Completing certain tasks when the project is being built.

five steps seem relatively easy to understand but it’s the
“particulars” (exactly what to say and do) of each step where most
people fall short. Knowing these “particulars” are what makes or breaks
your project. Membership to this club will guide you to completing a
home improvement project without all the problems and aggravation that
most people go through.

If you are interested in protecting your
home from the home improvement nightmare, than visit The Home
Improvement Success Club of America Website. Joining this club is the
next best thing to getting “Home Improvement Insurance”. All Club
memberships come with a 30 day money back guarantee.

By Hank Jaworowski, CR

Founder and President of The Home Improvement Success Club of America(TM)

The Home Improvement Success Club of America(TM)