Here’s the deal: some contractors are buying extra supplies on jobs and returning them for gift cards.
But, I have to say that this news reporter is reporting a story with only half the information. They need to track down the contractor and get his version of the story. Then these videos can be looked at with an objectionable eye.
In my opinion, 8 times out of 10 it is the homeowner’s fault when they don’t do due diligence in finding the right guy for their projects. They just don’t check credentials, insurance, and other factors when determining who they hire to work in their homes.
The biggest factor a lot of these homeowners are concerned with is price. They always seem to go with the cheapest guy! Then, when sh!+ flies south, they call the news channels and harp out about how they were “wronged” by a bad contractor. But don’t forget the word “cheap”. You know the saying, “If it seems too good to be true…”.
Come on folks, really. The public subsequently makes a determination that all contractors are the bad guys and the industry gets another black eye. But what about the bad homeowner who always cries, “I’m a victim?” You are not the victim. You made the conscious decision to hire the cheapest guy. Simple. With choosing “cheapest” as part of the equation, it gives way to the likelihood of “unscrupulousity”. Is dat a wurd?
There are bad contractors out there — they will swindle the homeowner’s pet kitten if given half the chance. There are also bad hairdressers, bad auto mechanics, and others who misrepresent themselves as professionals. In my honest opinion, these people are not contractors — they are just working off the premise of being one.
So, Mr. Homeowner: Don’t cry and fuss when you didn’t do your part to start — qualifying the tradesman. Reputable Contractors cost — much more than a lot are willing to spend. And they are busy. When you are seeking a pro again, don’t go with the cheapest guy! you’ll pay for it in the end.