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This has been an issue since the beginning of time and will continue to be. It isn't too dramatic to bring up the eternal struggle of good and evil. As long as there are those that don't demand quality and are driven solely by price, there will be a black market filling the demand for it.
How much of it occurs, of late at least, is driven by the economy... a result of supply and demand. However, the overall characteristics of the society can affect/impact it as well.
Each of us must decide what path we will walk.....customers and contractors alike...
Don't always assume a homeowner is cheaping out. Sometimes they paid a fair price and got taken or they only have so much money to work with and they are not aware of what the going rate is for what they are asking for. It's not like they can go on amazon and do a price comparison. As several of you have said, EDUCATE the homeowner. Explain what is in your quote and the work involved and maybe even give them some things to look out for if they are getting quotes from others. This could go a long way with earning their trust. Heck, find out what their budget is and tell them what they CAN get done for that amount of money. (this could probably be a whole conversation on another thread)
There are times, though, that when the client is offered too much info before making a commitment to my company. The information is sometimes used to tell another less expensive contractor how
Yes, a homeowner should be somewhat educated but pros should be called pros for a reason. From my perspective, the average job is below average quality. The reasons for this are a topic for another discussion /-:
When the home we're now in was being buildt, I had subcontractors that would do ninja stuff. They'd jump in and do their part and leave, not wanting to return to correct errors.
The contractor was left to either re-do their less than stellar work or to repair what was
His despairing answer:
"My subs do quality work. You just have to understand that the quality of twenty years ago isn't the same as the quality of today anymore".
I ran out of words in replying to that comment... (footnote: That contractor is still in the area but is not currently building houses.
Many times, doing the right thing means making less money or taking a chance of losing, but things seem to even out in the long run.
In general, I think we need a trade revival. Not everyone needs a business degree, society
Get more of our kids trained young. Instilling a good work ethic at an early age. Learning a trade in High School years should be the norm, whether or not they decide to do that for the rest of their lives. This would lead to more educated homeowners in the future, etc. and not having to call a professional every time a knob breaks off.
Books like 'Shop Class as Soul Craft' have explained the disconnect between 'those that think and those that do' started during the industrial revolution and how the negetive ramifications have played out.
We are more complete human beings if we know how to do something with our hands.
You got me started on being philosophical!
I hope this person didn't pay the $1200 for $500 work.
I recently had a tile shower repair job where there was drywall behind the tile, no vapor barrier and definitely not waterproof. The rock behind the tile had literally melted off the wall due to grout leaks. They had issues with mold and mildew, not to mention that it simply wasn't done right to start with. I told them we'd need to take all the tile out and redo the entire thing to make it right and there answer was, NOPE, just patch it the best you can. I brought in the right materials for the patch and then they told me they shouldn't have to pay for a sheet of hardybacker (11 bucks, no markup on my part) because I didn't tell them what I was going to use, and sheetrock was cheaper. So...YES there are homeowners who go cheap and a year later want someone to blame when it fails...that's the way people are, and you can explain til you're blue in the face the right way to do it, and why it should be done that way, but like I said before, if a few hundred dollars stands between a job well done and a "just do it cheap" I now have learned to walk away. It's the contractor's reputation at stake and honestly in this economy contractors get a bad enough rap without playing the 'quality' game with customers. What I do, is I give a bid for doing it right - and if they don't accept the bid, then they move on to a cheaper contractor. Hate to turn down work, but I've had this come back on me trying to accomodate a client's budget more times than I can count. It never pays to go cheap in humoring them. You suffer later on when people are looking for who to blame the SECOND time. Some of my clients I've had for years, and they know where I live and who to call if there's ever a problem. Showers don't last forever and they need maintenance. People don't seem to 'get' that either and it goes undone until complete failure much of the time.
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Where is you shower leaking? if we know some more specific information we may be able to "target" a remedy.
Some tile surfaces can be "re-coated" as in painted with special epoxies but these are more of a cosmetic fix.
My average bath remodels are in the 3K range.
I recommend you start a new thread by asking a new question from the home page. Try and provide as much information as you can..even a pic or two if able.... and we will attempt to provide some recommendations. Tim