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Kerchner simply uneducated

Posted: October 6, 2009 9:44 p.m.
Updated: October 7, 2009 4:55 a.m.
Rob Kerchner's Letter to the Editor, "Bring back free market" (The Signal, Oct. 5), was absolutely ridiculous.

Once again another uneducated individual says, "I know there are laws, but because times are tough for those who won't abide by them, let's turn our heads and let them break these laws!"

Our homes are usually the largest financial investment we make in our lives. The Building & Safety Department (permits and inspectors to protect property owners), the Contractor's State License Board (to license professional trained tradesmen and women) and our police/sheriff's department (to protect us from fraud, criminal activity and unscrupulous lawbreakers) are there for a reason.
As a licensed general contractor for more than 33 years, believe me, I have seen the disastrous, dangerous outcomes of poor workmanship on projects that citizens endure all the time from these so-called "hard-working builders."

Many home/business owners want to "play" contractor and think they will save money. It is more than a cheap price that determines a professional outcome.

In most cases, a responsible, educated client (i.e., homeowner/business owner) realizes that construction coordination, law and implementation is not their forte and saves time, money and aggravation by hiring a proven professional with references, a license and insurance so they don't end up with liens, property damage and potential lawsuits from unqualified, uninsured people injuring themselves on their project/property.

Under the present economic conditions most of Rob's "hard-working builders" are charging homeowners prices which are determined by how much they need for their truck or rent payments that are unpaid.

In most cases a professional contractor has specialists (i.e., subcontractors) who do many projects together and through that relationship cut costs to incorporate the contractor's fee into a competitive price for the homeowner or business owner.

Overall, "When you pay peanuts, you get monkeys."


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