Always two sides! Dave has had to do remedial works after cowboy builders have ripped people off. Worst time was after the 1987 hurricane when anyone with a ladder was "repairing" for highly inflated insurance claims. He was actually offered £50 per sheet of his headed notepaper ( those were the days before they would just print their own!) Some terrible work he came across made damage worse.You want the other side if these stories?
1998 we bought mother-in-laws house after she died. Somewhat naive about major refurbs paid builder some upfront for materials etc. So far so good. However whilst empty house flooded. Still ok. Work progressing. Work rolling in nationally for builders. Builder sees other opportunities. Work finish worse and worse. Radiators left covered in plaster, kitchen left half constructed with large units unfinished (his best skill was actually wood). Had to be totally ripped out andcreplaced after he left. Smashed up stone hearth he'd agreed to build fireplace on. Left hole in ensuite where fan should go. One morning walked in to discover he'd walked off with all the traditional skirting boards for downstairs. We had paid this man throughout the job no question. We were left in debt which took years to sort. I would have pursued him but the stress would possibly have finished my already ill husband and I loved himm more than vengeance. Subsequently I learnt his house had caught fire. Thankfully his wife and children werre ok. My thoughts about him were less than Christian and would sully the page!
Ooh it was good to have git that off my chest