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When it's time to move onto the next contractor

Monday, June 16, 2014

Sometimes I think getting a recommendation from a friend for a contractor binds you to a relationship you wish you hadn't started.

I'm living with at least 150 packed boxes, minimal clothing, a mattress and box springs, a folding table and a computer on the floor.

Why, because this new place was so filthy it has to be painted before I bring in any furniture. The one bathroom is not acceptable for use.

First contractor arrived the day I moved and promised to send a proposal in 48 hours. A month later and still no proposal despite more promises.

I finally gave in and called someone I used 3 years ago for another house.

If the contractor hadn't been so highly recomended, I would have moved on earlier and gotten competitive bids. The main problem, is, I suspect, that there are bigger and better things for him to be working on. This is a high income area and I am not in that category. If he can squeeze me into the late fall slowdown of this type of work, so much the better.

I stayed so long because of the friend's recommendation and normally I would have moved on after the 4th failed promise for a proposal.

I have company with a baby coming in 6 weeks. This has to be done.
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  • EILEEN828
    Wow, I'm sorry to hear what has happened to you. I agree about not getting in to unearned trust, we kind of had the same thing happen to us. Only it was someone that my husband used to work for years prior. He thought he knew him well enough to trust him, and I trusted my husband. Had I known him better myself I would have known he was a BSer. I started picking up clues right away, but since we had to move out of the house till the work was done and my husband did almost all the interacting, I really didn't figure it all the way out until the end, when all the theiving rip off ways became apparent.That guy and his crew were slap and dash out the door. We were over charged and had cheaper product replacing what we were told we were paying for. The electrician didn't finish what he was paid to do, and my husband had to beg his "friend" to even finish one of the rooms. Things were supposed to happen that never did, and band aid fixes were applied to several areas. I would never recommend him to anybody as I am sure that the fact my husband knew him and considered him a trustworthy friend was the only reason we weren't fully worked over by this guy. I hope you find someone to do your work soon and that it goes well for you.
    2548 days ago
  • PASSIONATETIGER
    SO TRUE!
    We had a friend recommend her friend's son...
    He was charming. His work was awful. His business records atrocious. He used up our money before we could finish. I live with the incomplete and sloppy results.

    Moved on and let it go. It's a half finished place but my health totally outweighs my circumstances.

    honor the passionate tiger in you *and don't use a guy who calls his contracting work "Faithful Construction"!!!! From Arizona, I think he's now in Pennsylvania where not being licensed is allowed. I am in Maryland where he lied to me about pending....
    2553 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/17/2014 3:05:26 PM
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