DIY vs. Professional Contractors – Finding Affordable Help

Need to cosmetically upgrade faded paint, chipped walls, scratched floors or heavily worn carpets or even remodel a rental? There’s the do-it-yourself method and then there’s professional help; not surprisingly, the latter is getting more affordable. I was having a conversation the other day with a designer/contractor who is also a skilled electrician. Business has been slow for him, especially with the lull in the building boom. He finds that customers are calling more often for a service estimate than for a service appointment. Competition for work is fierce. As a licensed and bonded professional, he can only reduce...

Ripped From the Headlines: How to Avoid Rental Scams

The headlines these days say it all: “Couple trying to rent home on Craigslist loses $1,200 in scam” This innocent couple lost $1,200 because they fell for a Nigerian scam. The “property owner” claimed he was an African missionary and he needed the couple to wire him $500 to reserve the property. He later asked them to wire him another $700 for the first month’s rent, and they obliged. When the couple went to the home to move in, the person who lived there didn’t know what the couple was talking about. “Craigslist scam targets Kentucky real estate” In...