This contractor gave me a price of $2950 to install, sand and stain 300 square feet of hardwood flooring and refinish 500 square feet of hardwood flooring. He asking for a deposit of $1450, which I gave him. On the first day of the job, he asked for another $500 because, as he said, a piece of his equipment broke and he needed to buy another one, so I stupidly gave it to him. He installed most of the new hardwood, then told me he needed another $120 to buy more wood, which I again gave to him, so now he has a total of $2070 of my money and has only installed 300 square feet of new hardwood. He bought more wood, then came back to the job and finished the install except for the stair landing. He had not done any of the sanding or refinishing that was agreed upon. I estimate the cost to buy and install the 300 square feet of hardwood to be around $1200. I got back to the house in the afternoon, and he had packed up his equipment and left. Apparently, there was a roofer working on my roof who he didn't get along with and didn't feel like he could stay on the same property with him and do his job! I could not believe that he left me with half of the job done because he didn't like my roofer! I called him several times to ask him to come back to finish the job, and he never returned my phone calls. I made a complaint to the local police department who contacted him. He lied to them and said he'd done the work he was supposed to do, and he didn't come back because I didn't pay him what I said I would. Mind you, he already had $2070 of my money and had only completed about one third of the job. I estimate I was scammed out of about $870 by this dishonest person. Apparently, there are some contractors out of the Canastota/Wampsville area that have scammed people in that area, and now everyone knows about them, so they are moving their way west towards the Syracuse area. I contracted with CNY Hardwood flooring who informed me they are often called in to fix other contractors bad work. John Loveless did a lot of sloppy work on the install, cutting a lot of corners. I am a single woman and do feel he took advantage of the fact that I don't know everything there is to know about installing hardwood. CNY finished the job and the floors look great! I think it is the height of immaturity and irresponsibility to walk off a job. John Loveless is disreputable, dishonest, and if you are smart, you will stay far away from him. I'm sure he will dispute my version of the story, but he is not to be believed.