Here’s a post from Deborah – not a contractor but a Canadian Contractor reader – about Mike Holmes.
(Deborah, we’ve never said that Mike Holmes trashes “good contractors.” What Mike Holmes said, in Readers Digest two years ago, was that 70 per cent of contractors are “bad” and 10 per cent of them are “ugly.” We disagree very much with his numbers.)
“I’ve been watching Mike Holmes’ show for a few weeks now. I have no idea where the idea that Mike trashes “good contractors” comes from. From what I have seen, the work that he and his crews have done is (to fix) the work of contractors who didn’t care at all. I mean, really, less then a year later and there’s mold in the shower? And no insulation behind the walls? An electrical wire laced through the framing of a “new” wall going up???? Are you kidding me? I am not a contractor, but I have helped in remodels and demo work and believe me… even I know this is not proper work!! Yes, it’s not realistic. In real life the charges for what he does would be astronomical. But, tell me…how do these contractors who have done work like that, sleep at night?”
“Of course, I don’t believe it’s 70 or 80 per cent of contractors that are bad… But this type of work is just not caring.”
Someone posted. “You get what you pay for.” I have to laugh. Is the above-mentioned work what should be “expected” when you pay $15,000 for a bathroom remodel? Only in your corrupt dreams. People work hard for the money they pay. Whether they go for the lesser quote or not doesn’t mean they should get work that looks like my two-year-old grandson did it.”