Billy Kobin Indianapolis Star Published 4:48 p.m. UTC Jul 22, 2018 When Steve and Carolyn Lazzuri purchased two homes in east central Indiana in April, they planned on fixing and flipping the properties to bolster their savings as they approached retirement. It was the Washington state couple's first foray into home flipping, and they heard Indiana was a good place to start with affordable and available homes. After placing an ad on Craigslist, they found a contractor, Paul Vaughn with Patriot Heating and Construction LLC, to renovate the homes, one in Upland, Grant County, and the other in Redkey, Jay County. Vaughn sounded trustworthy. "He's got a Facebook page that shows his family. They have a fireworks business in Redkey and put on a community fireworks show each year," Steve Lazzuri said. "We were kind of impressed with that, and he … [Read more...] about ‘We’re out of a bunch of money, and the work isn’t done.’ Couple warns of home repair scam
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The government is under pressure to set up an independent ombudsman with the power to order housebuilders to pay out up to £50,000 or even reverse a sale, following reports of new-home buyers lumbered with defective properties. A group of MPs and peers has called on the government to make it mandatory for housebuilders to belong to the proposed scheme, which would be free for consumers and offer a quick resolution to disputes. The scheme would be funded by a levy on housebuilders, with larger ones such as Berkeley Group, Persimmon, Barratt, Galliford Try, Redrow and Bovis Homes, paying more than small and medium-sized firms. A report, Better Redress for Home Buyers, by the all-party parliamentary group for excellence in the built environment, highlights the confusing landscape buyers face when trying to resolve building defects, not helped by a plethora of warranties, housebuilding codes and complaints procedures. It says the proposed ombudsman should be able to order payouts of … [Read more...] about MP back plan for ombudsman to resolve new homes disputes
Brought to you by Adrian Monti New technological developments are making it even easier to own and run an electric vehicle – and now you could even make money off them With more than 145,000 plug-in electric cars in the UK today, the much-heralded revolution on our roads has finally arrived. But what’s it like to be part of this new driving experience? Here Tom Pakenham, OVO Energy’s director of electric vehicles, reveals what you can expect. Are electric vehicles (EV) becoming more popular? More than 47,000 new plug-in electric cars were registered last year in the UK, setting an annual sales record. The UK’s best-selling “pure” plug-in electric car is the Nissan Leaf. Meanwhile the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, which is a hybrid vehicle with an electric motor alongside a normal combustion engine, is the country’s biggest-selling plug-in EV. How much are they to buy? They’re more expensive than the equivalent car with a … [Read more...] about What is it really like to own an electric car?
Jihee Junn for The Spinoff From kettles and candles to laptops and lamps, hundreds of common household items have been recalled over the last few years. But chances are, you never even knew about it. In part one of our great recall list, we look at various items in the heating, small appliance, electronics and homeware categories. Earlier this year, the government issued just its second compulsory recall ever. That was a big deal because despite a voluntary recall for Takata airbags floating around since 2013, the government - taking a page from the Aussies - decided to step in after realising the recall was progressing far too slowly, with less than a quarter of those affected in New Zealand replaced since 2013. Takata airbag recall hits New Zealand How to check whether your car is affected by the Takata recall Faulty airbags: Bridges defends not starting a recall That kind of success rate, however, is surprisingly all too common for voluntary recalls. Consumer NZ estimates that … [Read more...] about How many of these recalled household items do you still own?
The girl on the flight was reading Bill Bryson’s Down Under, which seemed a bit late to me. I’d read it at home and was already reconciled to the searing outback, deadly box jellyfish and taipan snakes, plus pubs with all the atmosphere of a hospital waiting room. Bryson asserts that Australia is like America in the 1950s. He’s right if drivers in Fifties America were like Walt Disney’s Goofy in the 1950 cartoon Motor Mania; in normal life incapable of hurting a fly, but once behind the wheel as vicious as a taipan with a strop on. How do I know this? Think 10.30pm on the road out of Sydney and pretty much every motorist in New South Wales is gadabouting in the balm, jostling and jollying along in the autumn school holidays that bracket the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (Anzac) commemoration public holiday. Sounds idyllic? Right now, not a bit of it; there’s a speeding granny on my bumper and lane hoggers all over. The Hyundai Kona is closely … [Read more...] about Hyundai Kona 1.6 GDI 4×4 review: best of a bad bunch?