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  • A
    In the summer of 2017 I had an electrical fire in my home which resulted in major damage to my office and moderate damage to the adjoining rooms. I decided to use the opportunity to remodel the kitchen, living room, laundry area and garage. We used the Quirino's as our GC. I could not be more satisfied with their work. Coming highly recommended, John Quirino has been in the business for decades and his experience was very valuable and reflected in his work. Together with his son JP, John assisted us in every aspect of the remodel design from drafting the plans, coordinating with an engineer & architect, and of course permits. JP was available to address every concern that arose and remained patient with us throughout numerous plan changes. The subcontractors they used were professional and honest. In Miami where it is exceedingly difficult to find trust worthy and reliable people in the construction business, it was refreshing to find a GC as knowledgeable, diligent, and honorable as JP and his father. I plan to use them again for future projects and would recommend them without reservation.
    - Gregory A.
  • F
    Complete lack of professionalism, starting with inability to maintain appointments.  Unwillingness to communicate with architect and designer.  Frequently refusal to return communication with me (the homeowner).  Failure to meet deadlines as contracted.  Improper use of funds.
    My house remodel was slated to begin in December of 2014.  I have paid over $89,000 to Manuel and have seen very little in return.  In April of 2015, I gave him $44,000 to pay for part of the demolition and as a deposit for ordering storm windows.  He said he had ordered the windows, and I finally called the window company in March of 2016 (almost a YEAR later) and they have no order on record.  On March 30th, Manuel admitted to my designer that he had never ordered the windows and that he'd spent the money on "other things."  This process has been held up for a year and a half because of Manuel's unprofessionalism and lack of commitment, and he continues to fail in his ability to meet deadlines and is making very little progress on my house.  

    - Ricki L.
  • A
    The reason I decided to go with a different contract had nothing to do with Contich Construction Inc.There was nothing but a gut feeling to go with another contractor.  I still recommend Contich for anyone thinking about have an addition added to their home.

    - Raul Q.
  • F
    I have hired Mr. John Fitch of Fitch Builders, LLC on December 29, 2014 to
    complete my house renovation project.
    He agreed to finish the project by June 30, 2015 and I would pay him a bonus per
    early deliver and he would pay me a penalty for late delivery.
    I have paid him $27,860 deposit and it looked like he was setting up to start the
    project soon.
    Instead,he disappeared for 2 months and did no work at the house at all.
    After repeated attempts to reach out to him to understand what was taking place, he
    confirmed he had used my funds for personal purposes and other projects.
    We reached an agreement that he would retake the project and I would finance it in
    order for him to complete it and repay me the initial funds.
    After several months of negligence, abandonment and breach of contract; I have
    decided to fire him in July 2015.
    Since then, I have tried to get him to pay me for the funds he stole without success.
    I am planning to file complaints at the D-BPR, the BB, the General Attorney?s
    office, as well as the most important construction websites in the country to
    prevent him from harming other customers like he has done to me.
    I have attempted to reach an agreement with John Fitch. I have decided to discount the amount he owned me and divide it into multiple payments to make it easier for him to return part of the money he has taken from my project and misused elsewhere for personal purpose.
    To my surprise, he breached the agreement 3 days later by not providing the payment.   My lawyer and I have tried to contact
    him in order to have him honor the agreement without success. 
    Therefore, we decided to file a lawsuit.  
    I suspect that all he wanted was my signature on the paper in order to show it to potential clients, as proof of case dismissal.    I have never been paid, have incurred significant legal costs trying to collect from him.
    Be aware!!!    Speak to at least 5 customers who have worked with him in the past 18 months before hiring him.
    - Fabiano A.
  • F
    I have entered into an agreement to renovate my house with John Fitch (Fitch Builders, LLC) on December 29, 2014.  
    He talked a great deal about how experienced and professional he was and agreed to finish the project by June 30, 2015.   We even agreed on a bonus if he finished earlier and penalties if he finished late.
    As of today, he failed to finish the project.  
    After I paid him $27,860 deposit; he looked like he was working to set up the project.   When he failed to meet project deadlines and we were running two months late, he provided sporadic representations of his intent to recover the lost time and complete the project.  We went on a spiral of calls, meetings, promises, more neglect until he failed to meet ANY of the represented deadlines.  Every time there was a different excuse: my son is leaving to the marine, my father is sick, my truck broke, until he stopped caring to send any more excuses.  
    I believe he wanted me to drop the project and fire him so he would stay with the deposits.
    Instead, I have asked him to come clean with the reason why he behaved like that and provided him support to complete the project. He acknowledge he had used my funds for personal purposes and other projects and I have offered him financial support  o be able to complete my project and repay me the initial money.  He seemed glad with the arrangement and i thought he had gone through a difficult patch and now my project would be started.
    Again, he hired 3 workers for 1 week to do an interior demolition and stopped working for another 2 months.  
    We were now at the end of June (6 months after I had hired him- the project deadline); and he could not even close the initial interior demo that should have taken him less than 2 weeks to do.
    I have decided to fire him and hire another contractor.
    I also hired a lawyer to attempt an agreement to recover the money he took from my deposits.  It took him months to present a ledger of the expenses incurred and he could only justify ~$7,000 from the $27,860 I had paid him.   He also added an additional  receipt for $9,975 paid in cash, which we informed him that would would accept if he provided proof that he debited his account on that day to pay for the "cash invoice".  We haven't heard from him since.
    We are now working to file a lawsuit to recover my funds and all losses (extra storage, extra temporary housing, penalties for non-completion and legal fees) AND to prevent him from harming other customers like he seems to be doing in a serial manner.   I have started contacting customers who have hired him and our stories are not that different.
    BE CAREFUL if you want to hire him for a small or big project.   Speak to at least 5 customers who have worked with him in the past 12 months.

    - Fabiano A.
  • A

    We had been shopping around for the better part of  a year for a design-build company to help us plan and transform what was an antiquated postage-stamp-size kitchen in a 1950's era home in Miami Shores. After almost giving up the search, we were introduced to the father-son team of Quirino Construction, who we immediately felt comfortable with. John Quirino has been in construction for more than 50 years with a background in design and  draftsmanship. His son, JP followed in his father's footsteps and together have developed a staunch and loyal following of satisfied residential, commercial and institutional customers.  

    Following  a couple of initial meetings in November, 2013, to discuss our vision and needs for a new kitchen, John literally put pen to paper to draw up an initial conceptual floor plan and elevations (all by hand in old-school draftsmanship style). The plans would eventually undergo numerous tweaks and modifications to suit our concerns, indecision and frequent changes of mind along the way, but never an issue for John.  Following our approval of the plans, we executed a formal contract on December 28, 2013.  The project which entailed the complete gutting of the existing kitchen as well as opening up a wall into the living room, included the design and installation of custom cabinetry, plumbing enhancements and a complete electrical service upgrade to the house (including new/rewired electrical panel and installation of a new 200amp meter can and elevated electrical supply mast).  Once the detail plans were finalized (also meticulously done by hand), they were submitted for permitting to  Miami Shores in mid-January and approved on February 13, 2014. It should be noted that due to the Quirino's extensive work in Miami Shores, they have an excellent relationship with the building department as well as the respective trade inspectors, which significantly facilitated the project's progress. Due to our respective pre-existing scheduling commitments, travel plans, etc.,  the physical project was only scheduled to commence on May 7, 2014.  In retrospect, we should have given Quirino carte blanche to start earlier,  as once they did start, there was never a question as to the integrity, honesty, personal care and quality control exercised not only by John and JP Quirino,  (one of whom was always present on site), but also by the team of sub-contractors they used on the project;  including Longman Electric, Serota Plumbing and Extreme Cabinets, (another old-school craftsmanship father-son team), all of whom we developed an excellent rapport with and never once worried about leaving the house while work was underway. Considering the very invasive nature of the project, namely involving the demolition phase as well as some unforeseen but not surprising structural issues that came to light, the Quirino's worked expeditiously, often times well past normal working hours to get the job done as quickly as possible; always cleaned up after a day's work and were extremely proactive and communicative with respects to issues/problems, coordination and scheduling.  There was also never any question or resistance in dealing with certain requested post-installation changes involving the cabinetry. 

    The project achieved substantial completion towards the end of June, 2014. The only component that was somewhat delayed was the electrical service upgrade to the house, which had to little to do with Quirino as it had with trying to coordinate schedules with our local electrical service supplier, Florida Power & Light to disconnect and run a new power feed to the house, which finally took place on July 17, 2014.

    Not only was the project performed to suit our schedule and needs, but factoring in credits for changes in scope and materials and add-ons for additional requested items, actually came in below budget.  

    - Kent B.
  • A
    I discovered E J D Construction Contractors and Investment Corp.  thru Angie's List.  Mr. Eric Scarborough contacted  me and we met.  I was very impressed of his presentation and knowledge of construction.  He answered my questions with ease and said that he would deliver the plans and estimate.  After reviewing the plans and estimate I felt comfortable accepting it.  The work began and even though I had a medical emergency and was admitted to the hospital for seven days; the work continued  I felt at ease all the time I was in the hospital.  When I returned home I was more convinced that Eric Scarborough and Crew were very competent.  The work was finished and I was amazed.  The finished kitchen was above any of my highest expectations.  I highly recommend Mr. Eric Scarborough and Crew  of E J D Construction Contractors.
    - Herman B.
  • A
    I got a very complete estimate, and very competitive with other estimates. I haven't yet committed to construction, but when I do, it will be with Contich.
    - John P.
  • A
    Punctual and professional team. Work done with high quality and on time. Would recommend.
    - Idy R.
  • F
    Awful! See above
    - Toni L.
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