New homes are popping up throughout Hennepin County, giving existing and first-time homebuyers a chance to get into the housing market with brand new properties. However, many current homeowners are looking into projects at their residences to improve or augment the structures in which they live. Home improvement or remodeling construction is a major industry and the individuals who work in it are regulated to perform their jobs up to particular standards.
We saw an episode of a home renovation show on HGTV recently that had an unusual twist. Usually, the contractor finds mold or asbestos in the fixer-upper, or the electrical panel needs to be upgraded to support the modern family's electronics habits. In this episode, though, the contractor receives a call from someone who had worked on the house before, someone who had not been paid for the work.