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"All I can say is, buyer beware. Be very aware. And be ready to call an attorney.
This guy lied to me from the very beginning, and all through the entire contract, until the bitter end. He will B.S. you until the cows come home, and as I learned, he really doesn't know much about home construction.
I had a fairly large project of an addition along with a deck and screen porch. I requested bids from 3 different companies and Clockwork came in at the lowest price. One of my requirements was that I wanted 90% of the job done by employees of the company that I hired. He told me that he had 22 employees and assured me that they would do the majority of the work. I found out later that he immediately bid out the entire job to several subcontractors. There were 2 employees who showed up part time to do bits of the work, but the rest was done by subs. The majority of the work was done by 2 subcontractors working together, the guys that "won the bid".
During the job, Clockwork had the subcontractors perform much of the work out of sequence just so that he could bill for milestones sooner. Because of this, we had rain coming into our bedroom and dining room in April. The subs removed part of the the roof but were told not to replace it until they replaced some windows and doors.
He had been billing me far ahead of the work that was completed, and at first I trusted him. However, after the incident with the rain in the dining room, I told him that I was slowing down on payments until the work caught up. His reaction, without even a phone call back to me, was to pull the the subs off of the job. That was his attempt to intimidate me. I then called a lawyer who informed me that Clockwork was in material breech of contract for performing the tasks out of sequence and for walking off of the job. I informed Clockwork that if he didn't clean up his act, I would be making calls to MHIC and the MD Dept of Labor, which then made Clockwork realize that I was serious. We renegotiated the contract, removing parts of it and changing the payment schedule. At that point, I watched him every single step of the way. And I paid him on my schedule when the work was completed correctly.
Luckily I had built a good relationship with the subs by then and with constant supervision on my part, I was able to get most of the job done eventually (4 months after the original finish date in the 3 month contract).
With about 3 weeks left to finishing up, Clockwork decided to stop paying for the port-o-potty. The laborers that he hired from Home Depot parking lot to grade the dirt and
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the sod had to urinate in my bushes. They did such a poor job that I forced Clockwork to get someone else to re-
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the sod and re-grade. He hired some beggar guy on the side of Route 40, who lasted about 1/2 a day. Finally, he found somebody that had some pride in his work.
Finally, I basically fired Clockwork before the job was completed and had them give me a credit so that I could finish the job myself. I hired the 2 subcontractors who did the majority of the work and we had a good working relationship. I can give you their names because I can recommend them. They have pride in their work.
But not Clockwork. Clockwork is a slimeball contractor. He's exactly the kind of person you don't want to do business with. I could go on and on, but I think you get the picture.
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(the owner) and I communicated several times in advance via e-mail to discuss the details of our project. He asked good questions and consistently responded promptly to my messages. Based on the scope of the job and our budget,
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recommended that we purchase a $399 coupon from his website for 1 day (8 hours) of
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service. That's exactly what I did (using Paypal) and I was not disappointed. He acknowledged up front that he might not have enough time to complete the full job in 8 hours, as there was a lot of work to be done. I was happy to accept that, as my primary goal in hiring a
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was to get this project off to a good start.
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arrived several minutes early for the job. He used that 5 minutes to great effect, getting all of his tools out and ready to go. After briefly reviewing the project details, he worked 8 straight hours without taking a lunch break. He made even more progress than I expected. He managed to install all of the Screen Tight base caps, remove the rotting wood around our door frame, custom cut and install a new door frame, hang our new door, and install about 1/2 of the screening himself. All that was left for me to do was follow his example on the remaining 1/2. This proved to be a snap, as Screen Tight is very
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to install once all of those base caps are in place.
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is a highly professional
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and I would recommend him to anyone in the area who's looking to make a serious
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in an ambitious home improvement project.
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"From start to finish the experience was excellent. The projected time of completion was 3 days and that's exactly how long it took to complete. Need I say more.....I was totally satisfied with every step of the process.
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"Everyone was sincerely interested in doing a good job and asked questions to ensure they got it right. The work was done in the expected time. The deck looks great and left no mess behind. It was a pleasure dealing with these guys!
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"I hired
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to build the main deck off the back of my house earlier this year. He was extremely thorough and patient during the preliminary design and material selection phase of the job and answered all the questions I had about the construction and deciding what type of deck to build. This was important to me since there are now so many material choices, both natural wood or composite, not to mention the many architectural configurations available. The pros and cons of the different alternatives were thoroughly discussed and samples of practically every choice on the
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handled all interfacing with the county for permits and inspections such that I didn't have to concern myself with that aspect of the project whatsoever. Before I made the final decision to go with
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provided a professional estimate of cost and schedule.
Once construction began
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and his employees were never less than cordial and helpful. The work was completed in an efficient and expedient manner without interruption of my daily schedule. At one point I changed a major aspect of the design during the construction having to do with the configuration of the stairs.
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was fully accommodating, even dismantling some of the original configuration to allow for the change I wanted.
The deck was completed within the timeframe originally scheduled and there were no surprises in terms of price. The construction and design have proven robust and I am completely satisfied with the way things turned out. My overall experience was quite positive and I would recommend
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without reservation.
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"Let me start by admitting that I am a picky person when it comes to projects. My philosophy is that a hired professional has to produce a quality of work at par or superior to mine, even when I am ten times slower than they are.
I went with
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& Fence Company not because of price (they matched a competitor’s bid, after adjustments to equalize the bids, so nothing to complain there) and not because of the good reviews I had read (the competing bidder also had great reviews) but rather because I was very impressed from the beginning with the level of detail their sales representative (
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Dembeck) provided. No detail was left vague as to how it would be implemented.
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not only provided lots of details, but he was always patient and always finished our meetings or calls with “Ed, any questions, just call or email me”. He promptly replied to all calls and emails. I also liked a lot the fact that, according to
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, they have been working with their crews for several years.
The crew did an excellent job and was very professional. They arrived early, brought with them all their food and drink supplies, and never even asked to use the restroom (not that I am against restroom use, but when a crew of four works all day and never uses your restroom, you know that they have been instructed to leave the homeowners alone). Both the company boss (
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stopped by to ensure execution followed the plans.
The crew replaced the wood boards with a synthetic material on a 18’ x 12’ deck. They replaced the steps to
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and used the synthetic boards on it. They replaced the wood boards running over the railing around
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. Lastly, they applied a fascia around
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from the same synthetic material. The reason for replacing the steps is because these synthetic boards often sag more easily than wood boards, and therefore two additional stringers had to be added to my steps. Therefore, as
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explained, it was easier to redo the steps entirely (we are talking four steps 3’ wide). With the additional stringers the new steps feel solid as steel. They used everywhere stainless screws with a top matching color. The screws placement was perfect. For example, on the steps railing (two, left and right), the screw placement of the left side pairs up with the placement of the right side.
I most definitely would hire this company again. In summary, I was very impressed with their detailed account of the plan of action, their execution, their communication and their price. This was not a huge project, I would guess below average in size, but they took it seriously from start to finish.
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"It is the most beautiful exterior of any house in the neighborhood. In house #1, everyone commented on the work of
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and Associates. Many neighbors then contracted with
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. it was the most beautiful porch, deck and patio ever. In house #2, same thing.
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is very meticulous, design savy, professional, knows his stuff, is responsive and is known for top quality work.
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"My wife had canvassed several contractors at home improvement shows and through word of mouth but felt most comfortable with
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after having him and several others visit and offer quotes.
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was very patient with our changing requests as things evolved, and finalized a plan that met both our wants as well as the community standards necessary. Several of his different crews were involved in the construction, and all arrived in a timely manner and things were completed just about exactly as promised This was a long time in the making, but once we decided on
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it came together pretty quickly. Couldn’t be happier, we seem to be the envy of the neighborhood and the decks certainly have a “wow” factor.
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"The work went quickly, on-time, and without interuptions. The old fence including the posts and concrete plugs surrounding the posts were removed using specialized equipment before installing the new fence. The heavy duty 6" PVC posts were placed in post holes and anchored in concrete. Special care was taken to install the gates and supporting posts. The contractor also installed a landing area patio on one side of the fence to allow for the gates to swing open without ground obstruction. The workers took care to align the fence panels along a straight path and ensure they were perfectly vertical. The panels were raked and custom cut to follow the contour of the ground. Each panel was hand assembled in this
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. The work took 4 days to complete with about 270 ft. of fencing. I am having
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replace my cedar deck with a PVC deck and enclosed patio room resulting from my satisfaction with their work replacing my fence. I also like dealing with the owner of the company directly. He was very responsive and professional in dealing with us. I liked his use of technology to show us photos of different deck and porch styles using his iPAD2. It made it easier for us to visualize what our new deck would look like and the quality of his work by flipping through thousands of photos on the iPAD2. He had all of the answers to our questions. This is an excellent company to deal with.
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"In May of this year, this service owner came to my house, spent approx. an hour looking at areas of work to be done. He promised that a cost estimate would be sent within a week. Ten days later, I had not received the estimate, so I called; he apologized for not sending the estimate, and promised to send within another 3 days. I never received the estimate. This may have been a job that he didn't particularly want to do. Regardless, I would have preferred that he tell me he wasn't interested, or give me an estimate at a price that he'd be willing to do the job for, even if it was higher than he'd normally charge. But by repeatedly promising an estimate that was never sent, it delayed the start of my project while I was waiting."

All Deck Builders in Ellicott City, MD

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A & B Home Improvement

111 Riverside Dr
Baltimore, MD

A & E DESIGN Landscape Services

14320 JARRETTSVILLE PIKE
Phoenix, MD

A & F Construction Services

3 Clear Skys
Baltimore, MD

A Class Renovations

1046 Dockser Dr.
Crownsville, MD

A CLOSER LOOK HOME INSPECTION

1458 ALLEN WAY
Westminster, MD

A to Z Handyman

1221 Vale Terrace Dr
Vista, CA

A&J CONSTRUCTION

114 BIRCKHEAD ST
Baltimore, MD

A-1 Pools & Spas

PO Box 869
Reisterstown, MD

A-Z Home Service

5754 Lichenbark Cir
New Market, MD

A.M. Builders

11962 Queen St
Fulton, MD

AACES Home Improvements Inc

11166 Sewickley St
Waldorf, MD

ABBEY FENCE & DECK

4113 AQUARIUM PL
Baltimore, MD

abikat costruction llc

Ellicott City, MD

Abingdon Design

1103 Ingate Rd
Halethorpe, MD

Absolute Contracting Corp

151 Carvel Beach Rd
Curtis Bay, MD

Accu Wash

17001 Yeoho Rd
Parkton, MD

ACS

6965 Eden Mill Rd
Woodbine, MD

Additions Etc LLC

2610 W Woodwell Rd
Dundalk, MD