I am writing on behalf of my co-worker/friend. She is a single, young lady who lives on her own in Boulder, CO. Her townhome was destroyed by the flood in Sept 2013 and she is still living in a home that is slowly being renovated. She didn't get much help from the government for fixing her place. It is cold here and she has been staying in her destroyed condo without heat for a few days, no kitchen since the flooding and the contractors keep pushing her off and telling her that floating floors are supposed to have bubbles in them and they never lye flat. She comes to work crying everyday. She doesn't have the money they keep charging her. The HVAC people didn't have a part, charged her for their time of 3 plus hours to drive to Denver to get the part and drive back. I don't know what to do for her and 5 months of crying and stress is taking a toll on her. Is there anyway Holmes can help her? Please.... I am begging. She needs a home that she can live in and a little less stress in her life. Please.
Holmes rarely works in the USA, he's Canadian based and nearly all of his work is in Canada. HGTV doesn't scan the boards looking for worthy projects to help so don't expect anything from them based on your plea for help.
Your best bet to find help is likely going to be church groups that help after major events like the floods in CO. Hundreds of churches descended on the Gulf Coast after Katrina. There has been a lessor extent going into NY and NJ post Sandy, mainly due to government regulations and the stranglehold the unions have on construction in the region.
When events like this happen the good contractors have all the work they can handle for years on end. Fly-by-night guys come in and take on work that is beyond their skills and they get hired because people are desperate to get the work done.
Sorry I don't have a better answer for you, but I didn't want you sitting here waiting for HGTV and Mike Holmes to come to the rescue. It. won't. happen.
Any advice given here is general in nature and is not necessarily valid for your given area. If in doubt check with your local codes enforcement department for what is required when doing electrical, plumbing or structural work on your house. Permits may or may not be required in your area and home owners may not be able to DIY some tasks. I have no way of knowing if you have the skills needed to complete the tasks you are asking about, when in doubt seek professional assistance.
I am not an employee of HGTV, nor is anyone else that posts here.
My advice may be worth exactly what you pay me for it. :-) For the record I did not stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night.
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