Here’s my confession: I usually run away from homeowners and their contractors who are having disputes. The combination of home, passion and trouble is just so intense! I like to hear the story when the troubles are over. But in the heat of the moment . . . not my scene.
But here’s some good news: If you are in the middle of a crisis with a contractor, a new television show is actually looking for you. A pilot needs to be shot and will eventually air on a cable network.
According to the producer, the show is looking for homeowners and contractors in the Los Angeles area who may be having what he refers to as "issues," which he defines as problems with the contractor’s cost, schedule or work.
Or, it could be the other way around. If you are a contractor having a problem with a homeowner (making too many changes, won’t make decisions in a timely manner), the show wants to hear from you too.
The ideal situation is that there is a dispute and both parties (the homeowner and contractor) can be contacted. So if the contractor has disappeared into the ether, that won’t work. Then, the show may be able to mediate the dispute and save the project. They’re offering dispute resolution, building support and design help.
The goal is to solve the problem for both parties and make sure your project gets done right.
If you find yourself in this circumstance, and you want a fair resolution (rather than just an opportunity to complain), you can e-mail your contact information and a brief description of your situation to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Good luck! And let me know how it turns out . . . .