Hiring an incompetent professional is a decision that keeps on giving.

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Cornerstone Business Group Inc 0225086119

Hiring an incompetent professional is a decision that keeps on giving.

The costs of hiring an incompetent professional is a decision that keeps on giving. Giving your money away that is. This morning, our contracting company went to a home that was built in the 90s and fixed something that was built into the home. The home passed inspection at the time and has been sold numerous times with numerous home inspections (a home inspector would not have inspected this issue) and with electrical issues that could burn the house down. 

A few years ago, I received a call from a distressed home owner in a community nearby. She had an electrical issue, and she had hired a local company to repair it. They sent two men who worked on the problem for 5 straight days with no success.

At the end of the fifth day, they informed her that they were going to have to remove the plaster on her 150 year old home. That meant removing the beautiful ornate woodwork and losing the ambiance of that portion of her amazing home. She called me in a panic. "Can you help?"

I drove down to her home with my wife (a thirty minute drive). I took a pair of needle-nose pliers, a screwdriver and a meter. In 15 minutes, I had the problem fixed. My wife assisted with my trouble-shooting and with a small invoice, we bid the family good day.

We did make numerous other trips down to take care of their other electrical needs over the years. I often wondered why they didn't boot the two guys who wasted 5 days of their money. At best after day two, they should have been fired. 

The same is true in every industry. Since I work in real estate and contracting, I get to see this kind of incompetence, more often than I like. Some of it is dangerous to your wallet and some is dangerous to your wallet and your life. 

All Trades Need Scrutiny

Recently, I saw a listing that dropped in price $200,000. In all sincerity, it was appropriate. The new price put it in line with one of my buyer's needs. I hesitated to call right away because I thought it might be a mistake. Apparently it was. I'm sure the listing agent received a lot of calls because the price was perfect for the home, and the home had some nice feature. I image a lot of agents and buyers wasted a lot of time looking at the home that was wrongly priced. If the mistake was caught right away, I could understand, but it lingered far longer than it should have. 

When you hire a professional, whether it's a contractor, Realtor, doctor or auto mechanic, do your homework. Google is a gold-mine of reviews on just about everything. Search the web, look at Facebook, Linked In, Yelp, and any other website that may offer insights into a professionals track record, because hiring an incompetent professional is a decision that keeps on giving. Giving your money away, that is.

Hiring an incompetent professional is a decision that keeps on giving.


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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Happy Monday Mike Cooper, If you were in the Denver area, I would hirer you on the spot for all my work.  You are good!

Jun 27, 2016 02:06 AM #1
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hi Mike, there's good and bad in every profession, It's up to us to find that right person we wish to work with. You certainly are a gem, your clients are lucky to have you.

Jun 27, 2016 03:17 AM #2
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Mike - It took us years to get a list of excellent contractors that we could recommend to our clients, and we are constantly fine-tuning it as people leave their professions or, worse, decide that quality isn't any longer a high priority.

Jun 27, 2016 04:20 AM #3
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Your title line says it all, Mike.  I also agree with the comment left by Dick Greenberg .  It takes time to accumulate a good list of contractors that we feel comfortable recommending.

CONGRATULATIONS on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!    

Jun 27, 2016 06:24 AM #4
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Good morning Mike.  We all deal with those from time to time.  Thankfully, as far as agents go, we know who not to hire....

Jun 27, 2016 07:57 PM #5
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