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Had about 10 contractors come out, most not interested in the job. Ended up with 3 usable bids and chose Abacus.
Built the roof-deck such that its not sitting on the roof, but floating off the roof and resting on metal railings that attach at 4 distinct points. Pointed out roof work that needed to be done due to sloppy installation of siding on house. Negotiated a price directly with his roofer and paid him separately.
Now that deck is done, inspected and
We would recommend
His crew was very hardworking--arrived early in the morning and stayed late, and came to the house on Saturdays. They went beyond expectations in this regard.
Superior craftsmanship and professionalism aside,
We started this project simply wanting to replace an old, rotted porch and ended up with a fabulous new front entry, which has really improved our
During this period, he became increasingly unresponsive. When we were able to finally get a response, he was always very courteous and portrayed himself as beleaguered. After much frustration in attempting to communicate with him and several "check-in" deadlines which he ignored (I had asked for status reports on a regular basis so that we could get a sense of the timing. This was particularly important as the work required that we spend several nights elsewhere, and we were trying to manage that process), we decided that we had had enough and told him that since he hadn't honored the contract (which called for a specific start date, long since past) we wanted our deposit back.
He eventually promised to drop a check for the remaining amount off at our house by June 1. He did make a dropoff, but it was two checks - one dated June 9 and the other dated June 16. We deposited the first check on June 9, but today (June 12) my wife received a call from him in which he said that that check had bounced. Obviously, we have no reason to believe that the 2nd one will be negotiable. I am today filing a claim in Small Claims court to chase him for the money. I am also going to look into criminal charges...to the best of my knowledge passing bad checks is still a crime in Massachusetts.
I would NEVER recommend this guy...he comes across as well-meaning in conversation, and talks a good game with regard to materials, etc. But none of his assurances come to path. He's irresponsible at best, but he also seems to be somewhat sociopathic...he has demonstrated absolutely no ability to keep his word, and has consistently ducked the situation and left us feeling anxious and disregarded."
Once the call was over we reviewed my job some more and things seemed to be back on track. Then normal small talk evolved into a
Still it was an amusing story until the next time I heard from Mr.
Since there is access to this area job from underneath. They did not have to replace all the lattice and trim to do so.
The only quibble is that a few times "
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