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01-11-2007, 06:50 PM
Is there money in fixing home owner do-it-yourself disasters? Have you ever found yourself being asked to fix something the home owner messed up?

Fixing homeowners' do-it-yourself disasters (http://money.cnn.com/2006/12/26/real_estate/franchises_for_botched_home_improvements/index.htm?postversion=2006122711) - Remodeling projects can look very easy on television - but can end up being very hard for many do-it-yourselfers. Often hapless homeowners need help to complete the jobs they take on.

They might call on a handy brother-in-law or neighbor for help but, increasingly, franchised businesses are springing up around the country to rescue DIYs in deep trouble.
TV's bad influence

"The more that shows like 'This Old House' make things look simple for homeowners to do, the more it makes things great for me," says John Ogg, chief of operations for HomeFIXology, a franchise operation that gets a good proportion of its business from owners who have botched a remodeling job.

Other franchises that fill the need for handyman services include House Doctors Handyman Service, Handyman Connection, Mr. Handyman and Case Handyman System. All will clean up DIY disasters.

01-12-2007, 09:10 AM
I never take on a project in my house I am not absolutely sure I can do. If I have any doubts I call a professional. I replaced all the windows in my home due to the bad shape they were in, single windows, even double windows. All of them except the 2 large windows in the front, they were both flat windows but one we wanted to change to a bow window and it needed a hip roof put in, for these two I hired someone to do it.

01-17-2007, 09:15 AM
I have been called in many times in the past to fix a DIY mistake. *A lot of times though it is beyond repair and just needs to be scratched and start new again.

I remember one guy in particular wanted to put in a retaining wall down by the lake. *The slope was around 45 degrees, and about 30 feet high. *The erosion was so bad that it was running down into the lake, a big no-no, and at the top of the hill it was getting really close to washing away a huge patio area.

I turned him down and told him that he needed to contact someone else because the problem was really out of hand. *I wouldn't touch it with a ten foot pole

01-17-2007, 09:25 AM
I bet that must have been something to see. Too bad you didn't take pictures of it. http://www.gophergraphics.com/forum/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/mad.gif