WELCOME TO LOWES LIES
Unfortunately for Lowe's, I know how to create websites. But fortunately for you, I know how to create websites. Hopefully you're here because you're thinking about hiring Lowe's for your next remodel job. Hopefully you haven't paid up front like we did. But maybe you're here because you're another victim of the "Big Blue Box" gone wrong. If you're here to browse, welcome, and be careful. If you have a story to tell, then send it in, and we'll post it. Just remember, caveat emptor, or buyer beware!
Don't get me wrong. I don't hate Lowe's. I enjoy the convenience of having so many low cost items conveniently located close to my home. What I can't stand, however, is when companies lie...
On March 1, 2009, my wife bought
The Lessons of LOWES LIES
1. Lowes = Lowest bidder. Paying Lowe's to remodel your home is, in fact, a lot riskier than hiring your own local contractor. Why? Because Lowe's hires the lowest bidder. In other words, the contractor with the worst reputation, the contractor who can't make it on their own, is going to be showing up at your home. The premium contractor, a contractor with a great reputation and lots of word of mouth referrals, would never agree to work for the paltry sum Lowe's pays.
2. Lowes = RISK. By law, contractors can typically only charge 10% or $1,000, whichever is less at the beginning of a project. Only when the job is completed can the contractor collect the final payment. But Lowe's is different. Lowe's is bonded, meaning they are exempt from this law, and can legally charge 100% of the costs up front.
WARNING Paying up front removes the only real protection you have WARNING
Once they have your money up front, there is no incentive to finish the job on time, because after all, they've already been paid in full. This arrangement puts you at a tremendous disadvantage! You might as well start taking notes, because your story will be here next. Don't say we didn't warn you!
The benefits of hiring your own Contractor
1. You get to choose who does the work.
2. You don't pay up front, meaning if the contractor stops working, you haven't already paid for an unfinished job!
Latest Update: It's now September and we're not nearly finished.
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