Village Neighbors Magazine - August 2019

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Old 08-07-2019, 04:37 PM
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How many have read the article in this month's edition on "Unscrupulous Homeowners"...written by the CEO of RoMac, Don Magruder?

While I am always interested in hearing the 'other side' of any issue and I sympathized with a number of items he brought up, when I read this in the last paragraph...I was almost in shock.

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"Do you really want to cheat a person who owns power tools and knows where you live?"
Given that it is nothing short of an implied threat of doing something illegal, I know one contractor that I personally will not be inviting to bid...on any of my future projects.

And yes, I completely understand that he's not implying/saying that his company would do/has done this...it's just the tone of it that disgusted me.

And yes again, I realize there will be those who think there's nothing wrong with what was written...especially since I think there is.
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How many have read the article in this month's edition on "Unscrupulous Homeowners"...written by the CEO of RoMac, Don Magruder?

While I am always interested in hearing the 'other side' of any issue and I sympathized with a number of items he brought up, when I read this in the last paragraph...I was almost in shock.



Given that it is nothing short of an implied threat of doing something illegal, I know one contractor that I personally will not be inviting to bid...on any of my future projects.

And yes, I completely understand that he's not implying/saying that his company would do/has done this...it's just the tone of it that disgusted me.

And yes again, I realize there will be those who think there's nothing wrong with what was written...especially since I think there is.
My husband has been a contractor for years and has had plenty of people trying to scam him over the years, I do get it.
On the other hand there is a lot of bad contractors out here that are not licensed and take advantage of the elderly.
the door swings both ways.
If you don't have a good feeling about someone. than trust your gut and stay away! simple advice!
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My husband has been a contractor for years and has had plenty of people trying to scam him over the years, I do get it.
On the other hand there is a lot of bad contractors out here that are not licensed and take advantage of the elderly.
the door swings both ways.
If you don't have a good feeling about someone. than trust your gut and stay away! simple advice!
I too, can also see both sides of the issue...which is why I read the article.

I guess I'm more than a little amazed though, that with about 375 views so far, no one else but yourself has even commented, much less seems to have a problem...with the disgusting comments made by the CEO of RoMac.

To me...that's simply mind-boggling.

Then again, maybe it's just that as often happens when viewing the actions of people...I'm setting the bar too high.
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Old 08-08-2019, 09:17 AM
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i get your frustration; Romac used poor judgement in posting such a article.
Sometimes some ones thoughts do not transfer to words properly.
I will give them the benefit of the doubt and consider the frustration the good contractors face here form a lot of entitled people.
Just MHO
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i get your frustration; Romac used poor judgement in posting such a article.
Sometimes some ones thoughts do not transfer to words properly.
I will give them the benefit of the doubt and consider the frustration the good contractors face here form a lot of entitled people.
Just MHO

I'll have to disagree a bit.

I believe it goes far beyond just..."poor judgment."

I think it gives a rare insight, into how a large swath of contractors...view us.
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Whatever he intended, it was certainly a mistake to make such a statement. I now do not want to use them either. I would be worried that any dispute could lead to some kind of action.
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I agree this was a very poor choice of words, a few contractors I have dealt with placed liens on the house for large projects, in case I tried to stiff them, then I had to make sure to get a relief of lien (I think that is what it is called) when I paid the bill.
The wording in this article is actually threatening, and I can easily see why people would avoid using the company based on this article.
I would hope that there is some form of apology (sincere) and that they go out of their way to clarify their position (wording in contract/bill, etc.) for any disputes in the future.
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Most people would not put the emphasis on it that the OP did. It sounded like a "tongue in cheek" comment to me.

Certainly any contractor as successful as Romac is should know that there are people who would not understand this attempt at sarcastic humor.

Everyone is looking to pounce these days.

Careful language that just reports the facts and does not give opinion or attempt at humor is what people want these days. You know, like the reporters on the major news networks.
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I agree this was a very poor choice of words, a few contractors I have dealt with placed liens on the house for large projects, in case I tried to stiff them, then I had to make sure to get a relief of lien (I think that is what it is called) when I paid the bill.
The wording in this article is actually threatening, and I can easily see why people would avoid using the company based on this article.
I would hope that there is some form of apology (sincere) and that they go out of their way to clarify their position (wording in contract/bill, etc.) for any disputes in the future.
While a sincere apology would certainly be warranted, in rereading the whole article a few times it is is easy to see that the entire tone is one of attacking (what I'm guessing is a minority of homeowners)...who try to get out of paying for services rendered.

And as I mentioned previously, I'm sure there are those who have tried to get out of their legal responsibilities, or have been difficult clients, but from the plethora of threads on TOTV of being ripped-off by contractors...that pendulum certainly swings both ways.

Since RoMac seems to be a prime contractor on most of Da Family's home-building, I'm guessing Magruder feels insulated enough from any significant financial fallout...to express his disgusting and threatening views.

I can't help but wonder though, what/how The Developer feels...about this article and its overall tone.

THAT, at least for me...would be very interesting to know.
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I agree this was a very poor choice of words, a few contractors I have dealt with placed liens on the house for large projects, in case I tried to stiff them, then I had to make sure to get a relief of lien (I think that is what it is called) when I paid the bill.
The wording in this article is actually threatening, and I can easily see why people would avoid using the company based on this article.
I would hope that there is some form of apology (sincere) and that they go out of their way to clarify their position (wording in contract/bill, etc.) for any disputes in the future.
village tinker it is called a notice of commencement, which i believe is what you are speaking of. It protects contractors and homeowners as well. It is there to protect everyone if it is exercised properly. JMO
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