Author Archives: Alex Bajc

Lack of Trust Between Owner and Contractor

Jane and Joe After signing a contract and a handshake, Joe the Contractor asks Jane the Homeowner to give him a check to buy materials and start. Jane feels uncomfortable about giving him a check, but doesn’t have a choice. … Read More

Dan Ariely on Honesty and Accountability

Dan Ariely, Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics at Duke University, writes about honesty: “One percent of people will always be honest and never steal,” the locksmith said. “Another one percent will always be dishonest and always try to pick … Read More

Quotes: Olga Tochilinskaya

Olga Tochilinskaya, Interior Designer, on importance of escrow “If client doesn’t want to put money in the escrow it is a sign for me to be cautious . And if I am in a position to choose, maybe I don’t … Read More

Quotes: Michael Homeier

Michael Homeier, Attorney , on importance of secure payment and pain of construction “I’ve been working with developers on large projects for years . Unfortunately, there is, from time to time, a situation where money is not as secure as … Read More

Quotes: Rosslyn Hummer

Rosslyn Hummer, Attorney , on lack of available remedies for collecting on invoices and importance of record “…there is no help for the small guy: there are many projects where budget doesn’t allow client to pay for legal help. Some of them have to … Read More

Quotes: Wolf, Baldwin & Associates, P.C.

Wolf, Baldwin & Associates, P.C. , on problems non-payment creates and lack of remedies “Anyone who has ever done any amount of work as a construction contractor or subcontractor or represented them in collections cases has learned from hard experience … Read More

Quotes: DT

Presidential Debate Transcript, Sep. 26, 2016 , on normalization of non-payment in the industry “HC:….I’ve met dishwashers, painters, architects, glass installers, marble installers, drapery installers, like my dad was, who you refused to pay when they finished the work that … Read More

Quotes: Joe Ferrante

Joseph Ferrante , Ferrante-Coberling Construction, on risk of not being paid in full “I’ve been in construction business since I was a kid. My father ran a contracting business and I’m running one now. No matter how careful we are … Read More

Home Remodeling [1.0] – Building Yourself a Home…

…is not a Rational Endeavor Our home is our shelter. We have a need to protect ourselves. We can go deep down the evolutionary tree to try find where it began, but it’s definitely something that is not our choice, … Read More

Home Remodeling [2.0] — It all Starts with a Dream

…and dreaming is for free. At the very beginning of the project there is no need to limit your imagination. Leave the budget conversation for the next phase. This is your only chance to dream without limitations. It’s surprising how … Read More