I will try to report this verbatim—except I will change the name to protect the guilty.
A couple of days ago I recieved the following message on my answering machine
“this is Mark Johnson, you can reach me at 330-223-4567.I am buying a house,it’s a FHA deal and I need to have the roof certified.I know the roof needs replaced and I will be doing it myself later this year,or next spring at the earliest.In the meantime I need to have the roof certified that it is going to last at least 2 years in order for the loan to go through. I need to know if you do FHA certifications and if you charge for that. I would appreciate a call back”
now,this prospective homeowner thinks he has made a perfectly reasonable request—-and will never understand why 9 out of 10 contractors will simply hit “delete” after hearing his message. most of my fellow contractors have already spotted at least the following—-
1)FHA—-signals a probable lack of money situation
2) planning to do the roof himself—-also signals a prob. lack of money
3)knows the roof is bad and in fact is planning to do it himself—-but he wants me to sign off on a document certifying that the roof is good.
4) wants to know if I charge for this service—-this is the absolute kicker—this guy is in fact asking me to certify that a roof he already knows is bad,will last 2 years.by so certifying—I will be liable for any leaks for 2 years.AND—this guy apparently thinks there is a chance I would be willing to assume this liability for free!
5)He doesn’t want to pay for a certification—-and he has told me upfront that I won’t be replacing the roof when that finally happens since he is gonna do it himself.
now the surname ” johnson” was changed. in reality the surname was an un-common one—-the same as the surname of someone my wife works with—and I thought it might be a relative. So I called back,luckily got the voice mail,and simply said” this is Stephen Hazlett with Hazlett Roofing and Renovation Ltd.We don’t handle Fha certifications,but I want to thank you for the call just the same. Good luck with your project.
I have to believe that most of the folks that come here complaining of contractor who won’t return their calls——-really and truly believe they have made a reasonable request.I believe they have absolutely NO idea what they have ACTUALLY said.