Mineola Interior Painters

in Mineola, NY

Interior Painting Reviews in Mineola

F

Rating
This is the first service provider I’ve hired from Angie’s List. I hope it’s not the last; but I’ve had a pretty bad experience. I contracted with
& Design, Inc. on
26, 2013 and gave Pat
, the owner, an $8,000 deposit. Our contract states work would begin on September 16th, that it would take one to two weeks, and the job would be completed by the week of October 21st. On September 13th, Pat informed me that he needed to postpone the start date to October 7th because he was completing another job. On October 2nd, Pat postponed again, to October 14th, because there was rain in the forecast for October 7th, and he said he didn’t want to take the roof off of the house if it was going to rain.
Work began on October 14th; Pat was not on the job site; but at the end of the first day, he called me and said he was told (by his employee working on site) that the architectural plans were incorrect and work could not continue; so I followed up with my architect and resolved the issue the next day, and e-mailed Pat the revised drawing I received (that same day). Work did not resume until October 21st; and then it stopped a week later. Pat told me that he had to go to another client’s job because he promised them he’d complete their project before Thanksgiving. I called Pat several times in the interim; he assured me that they’d be back on November 4th; but then he contacted me on November 3rd, stating that he hadn’t finished his other job yet. On
November 4th, he told me he’d be back at my job on November 7th.
November 7th arrived, but nobody from ABLE Construction showed up. During this time, Pat left the front half of my house without a roof. A tarp was put on the open structure. After leaving several voicemail messages for Pat, he promised they’d be back on November 11th; but again they didn’t show up. More phone calls to Pat, and work finally resumed on November 14th; but then on November 18th, at 4 a.m., the tarp gave way during a heavy rainstorm, fell into the house, and water came streaming through my ceiling and walls on the first floor. I called Pat several times, and left messages; I received no response. I frantically called 911; but they told me there was nothing they could do. Later that morning, Pat’s men arrived and put the tarp back on the house. By then, the rain had stopped. Pat called me at 3 p.m. that day and said he would repair any damage to my home. To date, nothing has been repaired. Visible are the nails in my ceiling, where the water has traveled, through the insulation and sheet rock, causing the paint to crack and chip off, as well as water stains where the water ran down through my walls.
Pat finished most of the framing work by December 12th, but not the installation of two windows on the plans. Unfortunately, I had a medical emergency on the night of December 12th, and spent a night in the hospital. Pat had told me on December 12th that I should contact him to finalize the window order, which I did on December 23rd, but instead of returning my call, he replied by text message (the next morning) stating that he could not speak with me the prior afternoon because he was wrapping up for the holidays, but that he’d call me on January 2nd. I wrote back, suggesting that we set a specific time to talk on January 2nd. I received no response. On January 2nd, I contacted Pat at 9:30 a.m. (by phone, e-mail, and text message), asking for a call back. Later that day, Pat responded by text, asking me to e-mail him instead of a call. I responded that we had planned to speak by phone, and asked him to please give me a call. The next day, January 3rd, (at 3: 20 p.m. on a Friday afternoon), Pat e-mailed me
and wrote that he was having “phone issues.”
On Saturday, January 4th, a pipe burst on the second floor of my home, and water, once again, came streaming into the first floor of my home in a corner of the house that was not previously damaged by the first flood. Pat now tells me that he will not be responsible for the damage caused by the burst pipe because I am at fault for delaying the window order, and if I hadn’t done that, I could have had my house sided, which he claims would have protected it from the elements. My house is already sided except for the front, second floor
. While I am planning to re-side my house, what it really needs is insulation and sheet rock on the walls of the
, and on the ceiling to protect it from the elements. I have a contractor ready to do the interior work, but I can’t move forward until Pat finishes the framing and windows, and the building inspector approves his work.

Pat now refuses to order the windows, and instead, sent me an e-mail proposing that I pay for the windows and he’ll install them (and he'll forgive the last payment due, which is less than the cost of the windows). I’ve already paid ABLE Construction for more than the work that’s been done. The last payment I made was for COMPLETION of the framing and windows; and the contract says that
will purchase all materials. To date, I've paid over 90% of the total job cost. The last payment was to be made upon satisfactory completion of the job.
The last e-mail I received from Pat stated that my job would not be completed unless I sign a "Change Order" form for the windows (to reflect the smaller windows the architect incorporated into his revised drawing back in October). I have no problem with this, as long as it is accurate. But Pat also wrote in his e-mail that he would NOT complete the job without a signed agreement that addresses “all the issues at hand,” which means that Pat wants a new agreement so he can disclaim responsibility for the damages he caused to my home. And if he can’t escape liability, he refuses to finish the job. Pat also e-mailed me last week, telling me that I am responsible for paying for a price increase on the windows because he said the manufacturer raised its prices on December 19th. I responded that I didn’t see how I was responsible since his delays pushed my job to later in the year. I also wrote to him that the original windows were larger and more expensive. The only response I got was that I still had to pay for the price increase (between approximately $400 and $1,250, depending on whether I want grills or interior frames finished).
It’s bad enough that it’s taken this long just to get my job to this point (it’s ironic that the contract states the job will be completed in “one to two weeks”, and that “time is of the essence”). But to add insult to injury, when I raise the issue of delays with Pat, he either ignores me or throws it back at me, and blames me. Had Pat not gone to other clients’ jobs when he was supposed to be working on mine, my job would have been done in October, and neither of the floods would have occurred at my house. The job also would have been completed long before my hospitalization in December, so that would not have been a factor either. And whatever conversations Pat and I had about windows or anything else all could have happened just as they had, EXCEPT a whole lot earlier in the year, before the bad weather set in. Pat refuses to see that.
And then there’s the Tyvek wrap that Pat put on the
, which is being torn off of the house by the wind, making it hard to fall asleep on nights when there’s any wind because the wrap is blowing like a large plastic bag partially pinned to the house. I’ve asked Pat to secure it; that was supposed to finally happen last week; of course, it didn’t.
Pat was, again, supposed to come to my house yesterday (January 15th) after an 11 a.m. inspection at another job site in my area (which is what he wrote in an e-mail to me on January 14th, after I suggested that he stop by and look at the damages; and have a discussion with me). He didn’t show up and didn’t contact me.
I took a look at my phone bills; there are approximately 70 calls to Pat (from October 15th forward). The vast majority are under a minute, obviously voicemail messages I’ve left. I've made every effort to try to resolve this situation; but I
’t think I can do this anymore.
There are other issues with this contractor that I haven't written about here, but I think this is as much as I can write for now. It took enough time just to reconstruct what happened from e-mails and other records.
- Leilani Z.
F

Rating
He would give quotes and then not stick to the quote. He demanded immediate payment and was very rude in the way that he spoke to us. He would leave work unfinished and damaged the sinks in the bathroom-he used them for cleanup and they are now stained. He also left garbage behind.
- Steven R.

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