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I was very nervous , as I have never build a home before. Provider name locked. was very hands on and made me feel very comfortable.
He handled every thing from drawings to permits even recommended a lender that worked out great..
We interviewed several other builders, and my feeling was they were just the sales person. I did not feel that way with Provider name locked. .
And that turned out to be true, he was hands on from start to finish.
- Jeff E.
Horrible experience from the get-go. We contracted with Provider name locked. to both build an additional room onto the back of our house and swap out our sliding glass doors to French doors while also changing out our 14-year old AC unit for a brand new (state of the art) AC unit.
While the room addition went somewhat smoothly (a few minor issues that we could deal with), we initially had major problems with the doors. All of the new French doors were leaking when it rained and most did not fit correctly when installed. It was very difficult to get Provider name locked. and his team to respond and respond appropriately. He actually brought out someone from the door supply company that told us all doors leak like this when it rains!!! Ridiculous. We finally complained enough that they came out - weeks and weeks later to adjust the doors and fix the warped wood flooring in the new room (which was ruined by the water and already had mold growing). The door issue seemed to take months to get resolved - and with a lot of pain and frustration.
The biggest issue, unfortunately, was with the new AC unit - in which Provider name locked. hired their own AC guy for this. This was (and is) a nightmare! The AC contractor insisted we go with zones for our new AC and began to incorrectly install these zones while taking out our existing insulation and replacing it with mobile-home grade insulation. The wiring and duct work was never done correctly and our house temperature was in the mid 80s for several months! There was no way to cool our home AND our electric bills began to double! While the AC contractor tried - unsuccessfully - to fix these problems, Provider name locked. refused to get involved and assist even though it was their contractor. After months of discomfort and major expenses, we decided to call in 2 local AC companies that came highly recommended. Both could not believe what they saw in our attic. One suggested that it looked like an 8 year old did this work and both agreed that the zones weren't set up correctly (nor did we need zones for our home configuration). They were just shocked and appalled at the duct work, wires hanging unconnected and overall shoddy work,
We finally decided to go with Cornerstone Air & Heating (a fantastic company) and they proceeded to both undo what was in place, put the correct insulation back in, fix the wiring and duct work and they had our house cooled in no time. We also saw our electric bill go back down to where it had been previously.
We continually kept Provider name locked. aware of what we were doing and were asking for help as we originally paid them over $12k for the AC piece of this job and then had to pay Cornerstone thousands of dollars to repair it. Not only did Provider name locked. not respond - or seem to care - but they refused to assist us with the cost of the AC in any way. They wouldn't refund any of the payment we made and would not assist with any payments we made to Cornerstone to fix it.
We then reached out to Provider name locked. for months - with no response - to see if we could settle this face-to-face. Finally, when I mentioned that we would get a lawyer involved and possibly go on Angie's List, Better Business Bureau,etc... Provider name locked. (the owner of Provider name locked. ) responded and agreed to meet. He came to our home, we summarized the issues over the past 16-18 months and he told us that he would have to go back to the AC contractor to see what they could do.
Well, that was almost 2 months ago and he, again, refuses to respond to our calls, texts and emails. I let him know that we would give him until the end of April 2015 to respond and he didn't. So I am out on Angie's List for the first time to let everyone know in the greater Tampa area that you should NEVER use Provider name locked. and share our horrendous experience.
The monetary cost is one thing but the true frustration is working with someone who doesn't seem to care or have any intention of completing the job to the satisfaction of the paying customer.
I can supply additional details of this experience if anyone is interested.
- James M.
On August 27th 2013, I signed a contract with Provider name locked. Contractor Inc to build my house. From the start there were issues with very poor construction. I had to have the block work inspected when I was suspicious the work had not been done properly which the inspection ended with the discovery of 4 hollow cells. Throughout the build, he never inspected anything, if I requested something fixed, he would shudder his shoulders and walk away, or either stop work completely.
The site was left filthy dirty the whole time construction was going on. Pieces of wood with nails where left in front of the garage (have pictures) Someone filed a complaint at the county to have the 2 large containers removed that were full of construction debris and also garbage others had dumped in. Instead of removing the containers when they were full, they just sat on the property, which smelled horrible.
The plumbing company Provider name locked. subcontract with is Provider name locked. Plumbing in Seffner Florida (read the review I posted with pictures of what they did at my house) They installed molded pieces of wood on the master bath wall. They installed the master shower Provider name locked. on top of a huge 2 x1 foot drain hole they left open and never bothered refilled with concrete, the shower Provider name locked. drain was connected crooked and water was leaking in the dirt under the slab of the house from the drain. That hole was discovered when we couldn’t find where ants were coming from in the master bath. They installed the toilets with offset flanges, which still were not to code (still off 1" with the offset) to which the builder was furious I asked be removed and installed to code so I would not have problems down the road. There is more pictured and info under that plumbers' reviews.
They swap the washer and dryer location on the floor plan without asking, I discovered it when I arrived at the house and again, the builder was upset I questioned why they had done that without my knowledge or permission. There is 1 row of block missing on top of the front porch, when I questioned the builder, he just shrugged his shoulder and couldn’t answer so he walk away.
Windows and doors are installed by his painting sub contractor crew - unlicensed crew by the name od Arco Painting of Plant City. All the doors were so badly installed, they all required to be taken out and brand new frames re-installed. Even the door leading to the garage from inside the house had a ¼ inch gap under the door. It was discovered when I had forgotten to close the light in the garage. The window in the dining room had to be exchanged for a new one because it was installed damaged and the contractor flat out refused to change it. The French door frame was split upon installation, I requested many times it be fixed to which Provider name locked. just ignored and continued on building the house, They put wood putty in the split on the French door and just painted over it. He flat out refused to fix it also because the frame had to be removed and a new one put in, too costly to the general contractor to do, just like the windows or it was because they just didn't know how to install doors and windows.
That same crew Arco Painting painted the inside of the house which ended up peeling everywhere and had to be redone because there was barely any primer applied to the walls, which caused the problem with the peeling. They primed the stucco outside when it was only 3 days old stucco and ended up peeling just like the inside also. That is when I requested that crew Arco Painting no longer be allowed to do any work on my house because all they did was shoddy work.
Provider name locked. then gave me the choice of giving me back my contract or have Arco Painting continue working on my house. I told him I would take my contract back. Upon being told that, Provider name locked. requested a bank draw without my consent which I withheld until I could get estimate for all the repairs that had to be done on the house. Because I was withholding his draw, he immediately filed a Provider name locked. on my house claiming I had fired him and withheld his draw. He offered me 7K for the repairs which I accepted but he wanted me to sign a mutual agreement that I would never Provider name locked. him for anything known or unknown to the house which I refused to sign (he had built 70% of it) He gave me the choice of signing the mutual agreement or he was filing a lawsuit, which he ultimately did because I refused to sign his agreement. I hired a construction attorney and Provider name locked. ’s lawyer still wanted me to sign the same mutual agreement. My attorney explained to his attorney all about construction law and that they could not make anyone sign such an agreement and the lawsuit was settle.
I moved into the house in September 2014 and there are still major problems with doors and windows. The company that installed the garage doors 31W Insulation has been here 4 times already and the garage doors are still not fixed.
Beware of using him as a general contractor; he will sweep you off your feet using his sweet Provider name locked. demeanor. He has been in business long enough that he has learned how to play the game. He refused to fix anything during the construction of my house, do you think anything would have been fixed if he had build it all? I will post pictures to prove what is written above.
- D L.