Knightdale woman to finally get dream porch thanks to Wake County organization

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Good things are ahead for a 76-year-old woman who was ripped off during a home remolding project. Despite a contractor leaving her with a mess, the Troubleshooter was able to help. (WTVD)

Good things are ahead for a 76-year-old Wake County woman who was ripped off during a home remolding project. Despite a contractor leaving her with a mess, the Troubleshooter was able to help.

Last month, we showed viewers what Mary Bobbitt was left with after she paid Harold Williams $18,000 to build a screened porch and deck.

Click here to see our previous story.

"Old lady and a dollar sign, that's what was in his eyes and that's why he got me," Bobbitt said

She was left with problems after problems and empty promises from her contractor.

"I hate to even come on the porch, I do. It really hurts. It hurts so bad," Bobbitt said.

Many viewers messaged the Troubleshooter expressing concern for Bobbitt, saying something needs to be done. Well, thanks to a Wake County organization, Bobbitt is now smiling.

Members of the Home Builders Association of Raleigh-Wake County are stepping in to fulfill Bobbitt's dreams

Betsy Lingenheld, who works with the Remodelers Council under the Association, told us they are going to tear the porch and deck down since it was done wrong.

"When we saw your story, as outraged as your viewers had to be, we were even more so this is our profession. We wanted to show everyone there are very competent, very dedicated, and compassionate builders out there and the Remodelers Council is that group of those people," Lingenheld said.

Lingenheld showed Bobbitt the new plans for her porch and deck, complete with a handicap ramp.

Bobbitt is thankful and so pleased.

"This is all going to be so beautiful. Thank you also much. You all are so sweet," she said.

The Remodelers Council is doing the project with 100 percent volunteer licensed contractors and electricians. Everything is being donated, including labor and materials. Work is slated to start later this month, as soon as permits are approved.

We want to thank the Home Builders Association of Raleigh-Wake County for taking on such a big project and being so generous in helping our viewers.

Click here to learn more about the organization.

The Remodelers Council is under the Association.

Click here for tips on how to hire a contractor for your job.

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