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Mar 26, 2014, 03:38 PM
Looking for Renovation Assistance
I'm in the middle of a full house renovation that I'm doing myself and I need some help! Take a look at my project details and help out if you can! Every little bit makes a difference! Thank you so much. Smile Lisa
Mar 28, 2014, 04:13 AM
This has been up for a few days now so I'm going to go ahead and respond.

While there is nothing wrong with what you are doing all this is is asking for others to finance your project. If you read may of the posts on these boards a common theme is that many have projects that they want / need to get done yet they don't have enough money to do so. Lots of people live in old houses, many of those houses are in historic sections of their communities. It would be nice for any of them to have some 'free money' to help with renovations. For many of these same people they need help to renovate the house they have lived in for quite a while - those funds will come from savings or by borrowing and paying things off over time.

That's your competition - and it's a lot of people. I don't hold any ill will towards you or your project, but it appears you purchased this house knowing that you could not afford to do the renovations without asking for donations. I'm sure you see it as a worthy cause, but it's nowhere near as worthy as the renovation needs of millions of others out there who were already living in a home that needs more and more work to remain livable.

Mar 28, 2014, 11:56 AM
I wasn't even going to follow the link, looked spammy to me. She posted at HGTV as well.

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Mar 28, 2014, 03:34 PM
I did check the link, by copying the URL into a Google search bar so I could tell if the site was safe before I checked it out. It was, Norton verified.

Tried again today and the site is gone, or redirected, but whatever was on it isn't there today. There might be a way to find the photos but I don't have my Sherlock hat on today.

The site when available showed a few photos of a building in various stages of demoliton/reconstruction, with a woman who inferredly was Leadville Lisa.

On the side were lists of "gifts" for donors. As I remember she was asking for $30K, with various gifts (jacket, other stuff) for donors.

I thought it (a) very peculiar that she could afford to offer gifts in return for donations, and (b) too slick and well planned to be legitimate.

There was no indication in detail what her past or current financial situation was, how she estimated the amount she felt was needed, how she intended (if she did) to provide updates to the donors, and basically: no accountability whatsoever.

Her pitch was similar to that of Beltway Bandit fundraisers: good person doing good works, undertaking valuable project, spending her own money, now needs help, so please open your wallets.

I thought it was a scam and still do. In fact I was thinking of contacting the Colorado attorney general to advise him of her fund raising solicitation and alert him to the fact that perhaps this is something that should be investigated.

Can't do that now - she seems to have disappeared. Hmmm...wonder why?

Update: found this, which includes 2 of the photos on the site of the link she posted:

And these:

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Mar 28, 2014, 06:06 PM
It seems like a personal kickstarter campaign. the link still works for me, just checked. However, so far she's only gotten $1 towards her $20K goal. That should be some kind of indicator as to how people view this.

Mar 31, 2014, 02:11 PM
You need to set the things which you ought to prioritize regarding your home renovation and stick to them. Before deciding on a major decision for home renovation, it may be helpful to first consult with an expert builder or architect who can tell you about your home's weak and strong points.