Here’s something we haven’t seen a lot of. And it’s welcome. In Mike Holmes’ weekly column for The National Post last week, the man who infamously said that 80 per cent of contractors were either “bad” or “ugly” listed some of the reasons that homeowners, not contractors, can be the bad or ugly ones.
Among Holmes’ criticisms of bad clients, he included homeowners with unreasonable schedules, homeowners who want stuff built against code, homeowners who want stuff for free and homeowners who are “confrontational from the get go.”
Holmes came close to admitting that his own show has stirred up the public against contractors. “A few home improvement shows (and I won’t mention which ones) have made some homeowners edgy and mistrustful of contractors,” he wrote. “Remember respect is a two-way street. You have to give it to get it.”
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