My parents were just talking to me last week about how they hosted this dinner party to boast to friends about their amazing new HVAC system. While the dinner was a hit with their friends, they said it was still a bit of a bummer for them for one simple reason: A lot of guests at the party had the same renovations done at their homes. Crazy, huh? Well, I would say not so crazy, seeing as the contractor who performed the renovation for my parents’ HVAC system has been running ads on TV and in magazines all year long. I hate the ads and how they’re everywhere, even if the services are quality and the prices are cheap. I could be miffed about the fact that my parents did not ask for my help with the renovations, though. Oh, did I forget to mention? I too am a certified HVAC contractor as well. I went through a year and a half of quality education and certification courses to become a technician, and then spent another two years working full time for a local contractor to get in the field experience. I passed my certification to be a specialist while becoming a certified contractor, all in the following two years. Not only am I just as skilled as the person my parents chose to fix their home’s HVAC system, but I would have definitely given them the same prices or better! Come on, they’re my parents – I might have done it for free! Sadly, they seem to trust this other contractor even more than their own progeny – hence me having to deal with losing more business to this flashy contractor in town. If I had the money to run excessive ads on TV for my business, I’d probably be just as rich as him!