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Willis Home Remodeling Articles
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LIFE!!! This was worse than the 27 total months I spent in Iraq, multiplied by
100!! Worst business deal I have ever been involved with by far.
complained to my husband and I constantly for the money he was spending on gas
to come to our house, we got extremely irritated with his immature way of
handling situations such as the gas because our thought process is 'if you
choose a profession such as contracting then things such as gas going to and
from your given place of work is an expected expense on the businessman's
side.' It was apparent to my husband and I that
certain expenses such as gas to be a part of his chosen profession. Another
thing that bothered us was that he would constantly complain about only having
"$12 in my pocket and I still have to get gas to get home", in turn
expecting us to hand him money whenever he wanted it instead of waiting until
the AGREED upon time frames for him to get money. On top of these irritations-one
more sticks out in my memory, he would get very upset and would argue with us
about how he was "doing all this work for us for free and I am so far
ahead of you in work you will never be able to pay me in full" and how he
claimed to be doing so much work in our house for free. So to try and alleviate
the stress and strain that was occurring we told
ANY free-bees and if he was stressing over doing anything like that then he
needed to stick to the agreed upon things that we were paying him for and leave
it at that. He would then say "I'm a man of my word and I said I would do
things for you and I will do them". Well those were
telling us because in that original bid(above), NOTHING was completed, and most
things had not even been touched. We finally got sick and tired of paying him
for not doing the work he had promised to do for us and we asked him to leave.
We met with him the end of September and thought that it would be a good idea
to go with him because he gave us the best quote and we were on a tight budget
because we were depleting most of our savings by purchasing the house. The
house closing got pushed back almost two weeks so we met at the house on Oct
12-he then requested the $2500 deposit-which to me was strange because my
husband and I had told him that the cost of all materials would be our
responsibility....but we agreed to it anyway. That weekend he then called us to
give the excuse that his truck was having issues and he needed to get it
fixed.....good thing he was just given a $2500 check to be able to afford
that!! So time kept going by and he FINALLY started on the house on a
Saturday-Oct 20 to be exact which was EIGHT days after I handed him a $2500
check. So to begin with I personally was not impressed and not happy at the
situation but we tried to be patient and give it a
6.5 days and then called us to say he was out sick so when he felt better he
would let us know. We are human and understand things happen so again we were
trying to be patient and ensure this business deal worked out for us. Finally
on that following Wednesday which was Oct 31 he started back to work at the
house. He had a "partner" with him most of the time and there would
even be numerous occasions that I would stop by the house unannounced and
would not be there but his "partner" would be. I would call
ask of his whereabouts and I would get blunt explanations like "Oh an old
client needed some work on his fence so I'm doing that right now". All I
could think of with things like that was "wow, It must be nice to be
getting DOUBLE the pay yet you're only doing the solo work, wow!" This was
not the only time I had been told that he was working elsewhere other than our
house, he had informed me one time as well that the would be taking time away
from our house to work on a previous clients' bathroom because he promised her
that when she got more money he would go out there to help with things.
Nevertheless, it made my husband and I feel VERY IMPORTANT that our already
paid for business was such a priority for him. As most things go, the house was
becoming a bigger project that
What I mean by that is when things were exposed during demolitions it was discovered
that there was water damage in multiple areas of the house as well as termite
damage which was a priority to be assessed. On top of that there were certain
For instance, I wanted new baseboards throughout the entire house and though it
says that on the original bid, he was interpreting that as baseboards only
being replaced in the living room area. I also wanted the downstairs bath to
have some alterations as well as some alterations in the laundry room and those
were not in the original bid either.
was an honest and hard worker, but time plus our experience working with him
proved that interpretation to be incorrect. He even told us he would work 6
days a week, 10-12 hours a day until he got the job done but i cannot say I
recall him EVER working more than about 8 hours and that was a very long day
for him compared to when he normally came and went.
We had told him from the beginning that we were on a budget and needed to stay
as close to on track to that as possible and apparently he took that as we
weren’t going to pay him, yet he managed to get almost $7,000.00 out of us in a
little over a 3 week span! We were royally screwed over here. Perhaps this guy
can do small jobs and perhaps he can do them well, but when it comes to a large
project that apparently grows larger, he simply cannot handle the stress of it.
He stressed my husband and me out so much over NOT completing 90-95% of the
work he promised he would do yet between the two bids it came to a grand total
of $10,600.00 that we would have paid him, and in the 3.5 weeks that he “worked”
for us we seriously paid him $6,800.00.
On top of his bad first impressions of starting so late then when he did start
work for about 6 days he then got “sick” for about 5 days-he demanded another
$1,800.00 just to start up working again!!! I could not believe it but my
husband was so confident that he was an honest guy and he wouldn’t do us wrong.
So what my husband agreed to with him, which we assumed would be the best for
both of us was to pay him at the end of each week $1,000.00. We definitely lost
out by thousands of dollars as well as weeks of time, both of which I can’t
imagine we will ever be recouped for. So from October 12th of giving
him the $2500.00 to start to October 20th when he actually began the
work to October 26-31 when he was “sick” and demanded another $1800.00 to start
back up with work again to getting $1000.00 at the end of every week until we
asked him to leave which was the weekend of November 16th, and the
additional $500.00 that was negotiated outside of the bid, the grand total we
paid him was $6,800.00 with 3.5 weeks of work IF he even put in full hours at
the job which I already know he didn’t and I explained that earlier from my
many conversations I had with him about his whereabouts when I would show up to
the house and he would not be there.
Now, our dilemma is trying to get the work accomplished with the very little
money we have left since we spent most of it on
nothing, and we have to be moved into the house before December 30 because that’s
when our apartment lease is over. Back in September and even in October it
never occurred to us that this is what we would be experiencing. We are so
heartbroken that this has happened, but we finally got so exhausted of
and his “partner” not producing to the amount of money that we were forking out
to him that we felt our only option was to ask him to leave. I do not know of a
single job in this world that pays their employees upfront-I served as an
Medic for almost 8 years and NEVER once did we get paid up front, everything
was after the fact, and the same applies to every single job I held prior to
the military and every single job I have held since being in the military. Jobs
do not pay upfront but one of the many issues with
paid up front and he expects you to trust that he will complete the job even
when he isn’t showing progress the way progress should be going. My father is a
licensed contractor in Arizona and I know from experience that even when things
get along the way that they shouldn’t take as long as he was taking with things
unless there is only one man working on things…which is apparent that was the
case. I am curious as to what complaints
post on his unprofessional behavior and my recommendation to NEVER hire him
unless you 1. Have tons of money to waste, 2. Have tons of time to be patient
with his many excuses and delays, and 3. Can be very flexible to his schedule
since chances are your job will not rank as a priority to him even when you pay
him upfront for not doing any work or very little work. Again, I know this
complaint was very long but I wanted it to be as thorough as possible which is
why I was quoting the bids exactly so you see what was promised and at what
prices and then you could hear what was done and what was not done. I truly
hope that this was helpful and if you do decide to hire
experience our misfortune.
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