Could my mother’s theory on why people refuse to work on her home be right?

So my mother bought this house back in the 90’s. It was one of the first homes made in the neighborhood. 

So the house is falling apart. It hasn’t been renovated since the 90’s and it’s pretty much an eyesore. My mom keeps trying to hire people to do renovations on her home. They would come in, take pictures of the house, draw plans for the house, etc. but then they would never call my mom back and just abandon the project all together. This keeps happening over and over again. 

So my mom’s theory is that some rich people who want to buy her home have put some kind of secret deterrent on her home that prevents people from doing any renovations on the home. We want to get to the bottom of this but we don’t know where to start. 

Any help?

Update:

The house was made in the 1940’s

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Your Mom is a nutcase and you are headed down the same path.

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  • 2 months ago

    Sounds like paranoid ideation on your mom's part.  If they do not call her with plans and prices it may be time to call someone else, or make up her own mind what she wants done and go speak to a decent contractor.

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  • 2 months ago

    No, what she is dealing with a is a bunch of shady contractors and unreliable contractors.

    they are all over the place.

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  • 2 months ago

    Thats an insane conspiracy theory...they would need to actually pay every other contractor not to take the job...and they would need to pay EVERYONE.  If you really think this is happening...then move because you will never get out from under this insanity.  

    More likely, they see the amount of work to be done and know her budget...making this an impossible project.  

    Nobody actually draws up plans and doesn't present them, unless its going to be a waste of their time in the long run.  

    Given the conspiracy theory, I bet she says some interesting things to the contractors as well...they might think she is crazy and wont make a good customer.  

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  • Eva
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    It's more likely that the budget she has told them is insufficient for the scope of work she wants done. That said, tradespeople seem terribly unreliable these days and are not good about getting back with estimates. Rather than just waiting for them, she should follow up a couple of weeks after their meeting.

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  • 2 months ago

    Either your mother in unlucky, and its a busy market and is just having trouble finding someone who wants to do this job. Or your mother is a pain in the a** to deal with (and clearly paranoid too) and the contractors are deciding to find other jobs with people who are easier to work with. 

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  • 2 months ago

    No, there is no conspiracy against fixing your Mom's house. There are plenty of opportunities out there for investors who want to buy run-down houses and fix them up for profit. They don't need to conspire against homeowners who may or may not ever sell just to create more opportunities.

    Plus, how exactly would an investor go about stopping contractors from doing renovations to someone's house? If someone is running a home repair & remodeling business why would they turn down a job just to help some investor? And how would they even know which houses have the secret deterrent on them?

    Your mother is probably giving the indication that she's not ready and able to pay a fair price for the repairs that need to be done. Contractors get asked all the time to give estimates and very few people follow through and actually hire the contractors. So Contractors have to be very careful about how much time they spend giving free estimates to people who aren't really very serious about hiring them.

    If your mother is serious about doing certain repairs, or getting a detailed assessment to determine what repairs she needs, then she should probably plan on paying someone to give her a report - that could be an engineer, architect, or an experienced general contractor. but instead of calling and asking for a quote, she need to agree to pay a fee for a detailed report and estimate.

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  • 2 months ago

    No, there's no conspiracy. That would a very weird thing indeed. 

    What the problem most likely is, is that there is MORE work than she wants to pay for. A house built in the 1940's is not that old--and if it's truly an eyesore, then it must be in horrendous shape. And maybe your mother doesn't want to pay the contractors what they are telling her they are going to charge to update and fix the problems. You don't say what you mean by the house is "falling apart" but if you're talking about structure, foundation, roofing, walls--these are horribly expensive repairs--and may NOT be possible under the circumstances. Foundation issues especially may not be possible to fix. 

    Contact your own engineer, contractor, or repairman--and ask them these questions: is this house worth renovating? How much (ballpark estimate) are we looking at? Then ask your MOTHER the question: do we have enough money to make these repairs? Because if the answer to that is no, then it may be a good idea to sell at a loss and find another place. 

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  • 2 months ago

    Perhaps there's too much work and they don't want to do it.

    Has she tried chasing people?

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  • Judy
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    You and your mom sound more than a little paranoid, and that theory makes no sense. I know several people who have had trouble finding contractors to do renovations. There is a serious shortage of people available to do this type of work, especially medium sized jobs.

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