It's kind of a paradox....people are paying quite a lot of money for a new house built by crews that are lacking supervision and the willingness to throw someone to the curb when the work comes out looking like this every time. You don't want someone like this....but the day force is so slim now, you want to keep someone hoping they'll wise up. It was my observation...they didn't want to wise up....construction was a temporary job for them until that "Rich & Famous" contract shows up so they can play their guitar for BIG money.That reminds me of when I worked for a Handyman service. I told the boss that I was raised with "Do your best, then add a little more". And he said . . . "I was raised with Caulk it - Paint it - and move on".
That photo just goes to show who does - and who doesn't, care about the finished project (or their self pride).
At one time, we had more trades, crafts and laborers per square mile of metro Atlanta than we had permits. Which is pretty much the current status for musicians....more musicians and less jobs to play for money. Conversely...we have more permits than we have swingin' feet to build the permits. The best thing I did was to retire last year as the labor situation is a liability to any builder...even more so on a contract job. I started to wind things up when materials were peaking and it was getting harder to get a sub contractor with a full crew to do any of the phases on any job. I wound up with a can of surveyor's tree paint to mark everything I saw wrong each day...and a different color to paint over the first paint mark to show that the job was finished...and finished as I expected.
I couldn't guarantee a price on any job because of materials and I couldn't guarantee a finish date because of labor problems with everyone. Basically I couldn't be a good general contractor if I didn't have good subs. I figured to "git...while the gittin's good...." before something happened to spoil my retirement after 50 years. I hate it...but seeing as how the largest number of graduates today are lawyers rather than anything else....I didn't want to put up with any TV lawyers with a butthurt client that doesn't keep up with current events.