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2012 began WITHOUT a dumpster on-site to start demolition.......3
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here & started, so they just threw debris out the window with no regard to shrubs/plants which were damaged. They did recover with TLC.
After a couple of days, only one of the people came to work . This person was a 60+ arthritic male who began the foundation work.
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sent Platinum Painting Group, McCordsville to install drywall/ceilings in 2 bedrooms & hall closet
The east end of house had to be completely gutted including floors due to crawl space not having a sump pump resulting in water damage & from the roof during the 2006 hail storm.
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who installed the drywall were framers (as was stated by owner,
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), who came to make repairs after I informed
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the workmanship was not acceptable! However,
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stated he was requested to get this job done in a hurry & they were who he had available. They admitted to not having the materials they preferred to use & the seam tape was visible on completion and I had to request they clean up after themselves of dust, globs of drywall mud & trash. A kindergarten class could have done a better job & wouldn't have asked for a beer for the ride home!
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did not come onsite (website claims he's always on-site) to witness the complaints.
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, carpenter of 16 yrs who I came to realize was a one man show began to gut the bathrooms. One 60+ arthritic person to perform a HOME RENOVATION!!!! Although
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"talked the talk" & did seem to have some knowledge of his craft, he had no pride in his work & many of his projects exhibited problems or failed altogether within 2-4 weeks. Even as
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as hanging a medicine cabinet, didn't even last a week before coming loose from the wall!
By the way, I need to mention that the house was completely occupied throughout this helter/skelter FIASCO!!! TOTAL lack of regard for us in any capacity.
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the rare occasion he would be onsite, would walk into the house & not even acknowledge my 87 yr. old mother sitting on the couch .The living room & one bedroom were our living quarters for the 8 months, yes EIGHT MONTHS of this NIGHTMARE!
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remodeled the full bath which was a 6 week ordeal just for the shower install. We had to go to my
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to shower. On completion the shower floor was not constructed properly, the drain sat at an upward incline & the water could not completely drain. Once again,
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could not bother to come on-site to observe the problem. He stated the problem was the 1" tiles I chose for the shower floor. (Didn't believed that line of crap!)
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stated he used the wrong type of grout (something he hadn't used before) and it did not set up properly.
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tried to claim we used the shower too soon, but how do you know anything when you do not supervise the job & know what type of work your employee is performing? I finally requested
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to come to the job site as there were too many issues that needed attention & now the ceilings in both bedrooms were cracking. It took 2 weeks for
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to show!
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& his sidekick
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came to fix the ceilings and were highly upset to have been blamed for the problem when discovering the problem was with the poor, crumbling construction of the half a** job
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had performed on the foundation. By this time it is now November and I have had to hire a structural engineer to check the house. Okay, PAY ATTENTION here people....NO PERMIT by the Super Service Award Angie's List member!! So, very good lesson to learn......Code Enforcement checks the work when a permit is pulled to make sure the job is properly executed, IT IS FOR YOUR PROTECTION! Not just a way for the county to make money off of contractor's as these guys will tell you when they do not pull permits. I found out the hard way! The structural engineer was so appalled by the work and the materials paid for and NOT used & was the one who explained the reason & importance of permits. Not pulling permits CHEATS the county and YOU! & allows these crooks to skimp on supplies/materials!!!. And not properly performing the repairs in order of standard procedures has resulted in several recurring problems. The structural repair should have been completed BEFORE proceding to replacing ceilings, walls, floors, or any of the remodeling projects! 10 months later I'm once again hiring a contractor to make the necessary repairs to the foundation. But believe me I've learned alot about the hiring process & ensuring the CAPABILITIES & INTEGRITY of the people I will hire in the future. Check your references & the license/bond/ins of Angie's List (or ANY contractor/handyman) as they state these contractors have the proper credentials @ signing, but you, the consumer, are responsible to make sure they are still valid when you hire!! DO NOT hesitate to ask for PROOF! And check with your county's list of licensed contractor's to ensure they pull permits and make sure they post on the premises where the work is being performed. Do your homework to prevent any contractor/handyman the "scamability" to rip you off. No permits for
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since 2007 when researched!
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tried to tell me, when questioned, why (when discovered) the foundation work was started in
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and it is now Oct/Nov & there are no concrete footers or permanent foundation support that he was waiting for the house to settle!!!! Really? Common sense/logic will laugh all over that remark as well as
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's " I supervise this job by phone everyday!" Really, again, REALLY??? A home renovation you supervise by phone? Also explains the alleged story about how his roofing crew during this time started removing the roof from the wrong house before he, the supervisor, showed up. And just quite possibly might explain why there was no knowledge of the problems/delays your employee was not telling you.
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stated he had seen
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do some awesome work, but he tends to tire after a few days & he guessed he should have been talking to me. Gets tired after a few days & you employed him to do a 1 man show home renovation???
At this point I did consult the Indiana Law Association. The attorneys I consulted with told me I had to give
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the opportunity to fix the problems, but no more exchange of money until the job was completed & to satisfaction. While trying to get the rest of the house finished and the foundation/crawl space completed
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hurt his back & could not complete. CE Enterprises was brought in to finish. Once again,
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DID NOT come on-site to supervise/observe the work & CE Enterprises had NOT been previously employed by
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. When they got to the shower to redo the floor & drain.....HUGE problems discovered with the plumbing repairs still leaking, the flooring of the shower was about to collapse, walls leaking posing a huge hazard as dangerously close to electrical wires! The shower was ripped out from ceiling to floor & reconstructed! This time using the proper materials to protect & waterproof! Another 6 weeks to have to go to my
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house for us to shower! CE Enterprises did, I believe, the best they could with the
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-rigged mess they were handed.
When they stated they were finished (Feb 2013) and left, there was no word from
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for nine days.
I'm quite sure you have determined before now that the renovation would Not be completed by
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!. The rest of the house will have to be completed by someone else! Had I not, in good faith, (& learn from this) paid most of the bill, I would not have allowed as much work done. I was literally sick to my stomach dealing with
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of
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and his band of ridiculous cohorts & their crap excuses/reasons. When
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finally called it was not for a final inspection/walk-thru. He simply asked to collect money!!!! Yeah, did not happen!! He was told not to trespass on my property! So, he asked CE Enterprises to "scare" me into paying as he would not finish paying them unless I paid him. Unfortunately I just didn't "scare" and CE Enterprises hired by
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, to my knowledge have not been fully paid. And as witnessed all the time by media reports, you CANNOT rely on our judicial system to be honorable & "JUSTICE"
Yes, I know there are many good reviews for this "Super Service" contractor.....BUT, be afraid, be very afraid of what
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beneath your shingles! Platnium Painting Group did not complete their repairs and
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proved his "scumability"! And
there was never any clean-up in 8 months by
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. We constantly cleaned up dust, buckets of grout, trays of drywall mud, picked up tools, moved supplies to walk in rooms. CE Enterprises cleaned up & hauled all the trash outside for us!!!
Well folks, there are eight months of countless specific details about this horror story I do not have the space here to relate. However I believe
you can understand and I do hope learn from this that even with a reference & an Angie's List membership YOU must do your "homework" checking the HONESTY & INTEGRITY of the license/bond/ins claims of these contractors. Again, ASK for PROOF!! Check with your county about permits(the building dept & code enforcement) to ensure your protection against these con artists. The contractors that are now coming in to give estimates to repair
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Generals' work have stated "it's CRIMINAL what he's done!" and "the top 5 WORST HACK JOBS I've seen in 22 years!!" So here I go....several thousand $ to fix!
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with his q**** smirk, eye-rolling conversations telling me I'm crazy to expect quality is the most ill-mannered, dis-honest, despicable person ever!
Remember (as I'm told)
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on Homes #1
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.....NEVER pay up-front!!
Good Luck to Everyone!


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"They first gave a fairly detailed quote, then in about a month came back to do the work. They use a pier system and do all the excavation by hand so it does not tear up the yard. Takes a little longer but in the end i was very good work. Had to add on a lot of pipe, that should have been noted on the contract and agreed to before it was done, but in the end they only charged for the actual pipe used to pier to foundation. Very good at clean up. Recommend them highly if you want a fair and honest job.

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"Great.
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really knows what he's doing and is quite honest about which repairs are needed and which are not. He didn't try to sell me anything that I didn't need. He is licensed and did not give me any hassle at all when I requested a copy of the certificate of proof of insurance as most contractors seem to do. His prices are very fair, and he came out for an estimate the same day that I called him. He was able to start work a couple weeks later and was in constant communication with me about when he would begin.
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's employees were all nice and friendly, and they did not mind that my dogs followed them around wanting to play. The work was done more quickly than I expected, and the guys cleaned up after themselves pretty well. They were respectful coming in and out of the house as they worked. I was pleased and would hire
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again in the future.
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"Installed waterproof shielding against outside foundation wall. They also installed a water catching drain system and attached it to an existing buried gutter downspout drain.
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point work on inside garage concrete block restored appearance. The repair fixed the problem. The cleanup of the outside area was a bit unfinished because they had to dig in several spots to locate the underground gutter downspout drain. When they replaced the soil and sod over the holes, it wasn't exactly level so I had to redo it.
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seemed extremely trustworthy to me when he was going over everything at my house. His colleague played the sales closer role and, though he repeatedly said they didn't do the hard sell, it felt like a hard sell to a great extent. He reviewed the work that
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recommended and what each part would cost. I wish that
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had been able to stay for the review of the proposal, because he seems to really be the expert on the work that is done, and the sales person wasn't as familiar with the product and solutions.







The recommended work came to a total of about $20,000; so at this point I am seeking an inspection from a structural engineer to get a professional opinion from somebody who does not have a stake in selling me the solutions. I explained this to
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in a follow up conversation and he was very understanding and told me he thought this was a smart thing to do.







The one thing that I didn't care for during my experience was when
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's colleague pulled out a card from a hail damage repair company for which he also worked. I thought this was inappropriate and unprofessional. I explained the situation to
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in our follow up conversation, and he was very apologetic and said he would speak to his colleague about the situation.



Update post consultation with structural engineer:

I paid $350 for a consultation with a structural engineer. His assessment was that there was nothing structurally wrong with my house that would require the use of foundation piers (ARW was recommending 8 piers at $1,000 each). He said that none of the cracks that he observed both inside (diagonal cracks in the plaster at the corner of a couple of my doorways) and outside (stair step cracks in the mortar between the bricks on the back side of my house) were that serious and were just natural for a house built in 1948. ARW had also recommend some support brackets inside my basement for one of the walls that was bowing. The engineer did concur that there was some bowing but that it was slight and there was no need for the brackets. We discussed options for improving the drainage of water away from my house (putting covers over the wells on my basement windows, re-configuring the drain pipes connected to my gutter downspouts so that the piping goes straight out of the ground instead of turning up in a U shape that is currently very clogged, and possibly adding an awning over the stairwell leading to my back door that has a drain and could be a point of collecting water). He said that it might be wise to consider a sump pump set up if I wanted absolutely no water in my basement.



It's a bit bewildering to have two such differing opinions. But at this point I am not going to go with ARW. I have an appointment with another waterproofing company to discuss drainage solutions.





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"you will have to read the details above but all i can tell the angies readers is you get what you pay for and
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did a free inspection but wanted 20,000 to fix a problem that didn't even exist and caused us to loose a sell of the house in face 3 weeks later a buyer brought another company out that confirmed what the engineer said...If you have
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come out before you spend money on a problem they tell you is there atleast hire a structural engioneer for $285.00 its well worth it
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meet me at my home right on time and provided a thorough inspection of the "problem areas" of our basement. He located the possible source of the water and suggested an easy, low-cost fix. He was very honest and up-front about what he could do, couldn't do and what he would recommend. His knowledge was very much appreciated and though our issues weren't very pressing, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him for someone with a
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"It went well.
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was on time. He was clearly very experienced and knowledgeable. He provided a free inspection and suggested a couple different solutions to the problem. He was very perceptive and understanding of my personal situation. He explained what he saw taking into consideration my level of understanding regarding foundations, home construction, etc. I felt like he could probably relate to people with different levels of understanding quite well. He recommended a good subcontractor for some additional work, made drawings for me, took notes, etc., so that I could refer to them later. He made sure that I understood what he was explaining to me. He did not try to sell me an expensive solution, and I felt like he was very honest.
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"I can't say enough good things about this company. I was having mold remediation done by another company and they suggested
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for the repair.
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listened carefully to my expectations and budget concerns. He worked with the mold remediation company to come up with a bid that didn't duplicate any work between the two of them and, thus, fell within my budget. He was honest about when he could schedule and worked with me to schedule a time between the estate sale and the painters. His crew was professional and hardworking. They kept me apprised of the work every step of the way. The work was done right and completed on time with no headaches. How often can you say that? I would recommend this company without hesitation.
*On a side note,
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is the one that suggested Angie's List to me before he even bid on the job. Only someone who was confident that he was going to do things right for the right price would suggest a place where I could find his competition.
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"The provider was more interested in selling sump pump, which I did not need. He did provide me with information on the cracks in my walls but this was during the dry period weather wise we were in the middle of, and I don't believe the water table was high at that time. He also briefly looked at the gutters.
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Jim Winn Construction Company

3160 South 50 East
Lebanon, IN

John McLaughlin Construction

5891 Ramsey Drive
Noblesville, IN

Johnson's Hauling & Excavating, LLC

7347 West 350 North
Bargersville, IN

Joyner Construction Services

302 Corottoman Ct
Avon, IN

JUST CALL BOB

1118 N. Ritter Ave
Indianapolis, IN

K A T HOME REPAIR

5923 E CO RD 100 S
Avon, IN

KINSER CONCRETE & EXCAVATING

4318 N 500 W
Anderson, IN

LOOK-E FARMS & EXCAVATING

2767 S COUNTY ROAD 1050 E
Indianapolis, IN

Losacker Construction Services Inc

8415 Lawrence Ave
Indianapolis, IN

Maximus General Contracting LLC

8554 Woodstone Ct
Indianapolis, IN

MCCOMAS ENGINEERING INC

1717 E 116TH ST
Carmel, IN

Meredith Construction and Handyman Service

1475 Old Thicket Ct
Greenwood, IN

Michael J White

554 Ironstone Court
Indianapolis, IN

Michaelis Corporation

2601 E 56th St
Indianapolis, IN

Mid-States Foundation Strategies

4466 Strohbeck Lane
Brighton, IL

Mike Gentry Masonry

2597 W Lake Dr
Greenfield, IN

Milender Home Repair

8802 E 250 S
Zionsville, IN

MS&G Homes, LLC

10891 Veon Drive
Fishers, IN

NICELY TRIMMED CONSTRUCTION

10730 N MERIDIAN RD
Fortville, IN

Nordhoff Basement Waterproofing

1008 16th St
Bedford, IN