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  • Guy Lizotte was a friend of my family and I was told he needed work badly and was very good at carpentry and roofing. We asked him to come over and look over the situation and give us an estimate. The roof's ceiling was beginning to cave in from water damage. There were three areas that the drop ceiling had literally dropped, and had gaping holes showing. We knew there were going to be several of the joists that would have to be replaced. Guy and my husband and I agreed on $5,000, with us paying for all of the materials, which were estimated by him to be about $5,000 which included the dumpster we would need.

    Guy and his brother in law started tearing the roof off the area over the workshop. They moved a great deal of the workshop outside and left it outside for months, uncovered. I did not know this was going on, as I am disabled and bed bound most of the time. They seemed to be working well and relatively fast. We had the dumpster already delivered and before long it was full and ready to be dumped. The cost of the dumpster and the emptying of it was astronomically expensive. It cost almost $4,000 for the dumpster to be delivered and dumped three times, as well as being picked up and taken back to the sanitation company. Guy did not tell us that for $15 per load we could have had the roofing materials taken to the dump ourselves. Guy did not want to waste his time going back and forth to the dump, so we were not informed. We could have had it picked up by someone else and taken to the dump to save money. But even though we were concerned about Guy and his family needing money, he definitely was not concerned about us being short on money.

    Work went on very well for a month or more. I did make my way down to the garage to show Guy where I wanted the wall. He also was suppose to install the double oven we had bought a year before. We also had purchased a 4x8' sheet of oak to do the cabinet surround for the ovens. Guy said he could make the surround and cabinet doors to match our current cabinets, rather than have a cabinet maker do it for us.  He was also suppose to fix the drain line to the dishwasher and install a new kitchen faucet. The roofing was about 3/4ths of the way done. The roof was still open to the weather however.

    At this time Guy told me he would need more money. We had been giving him disbursements all along, because they had no money to pay bills or get food. We felt compelled to give him part of the money. This had become a regular request instead of a once in a while thing. He wanted the last part of the $5,000 as well as an additional $3,000 for a total of $8,000 for the job. We had both signed a contract for $5,000, but when we made the contract up, we did not know that every single roof joist would have to be replaced. hey were all rotted through. It was so bad that it was a miracle that the roof had not caved in on us.  I told Guy that we did not have any more money, and the only way we could do it was to make him payments of $100 per month, and additional payments anytime we could afford it. He did not say it flat out, but indicated with words and attitude that it was the only was he would continue to work. With the roof wide open to the weather and the fact he had done more work than he had expected, we agreed to the extra $3,000. We wrote up an additional agreement for the extra amount and he went back to work. Within a few days the roof was buttoned up and he had framed the wall inside the garage and rebuilt the two side doors.

    His brother in law did not live up by us and had to go back home. His wife who was disabled had been taking care of their 3 children, herself and their hoe by herself for months and needed him home before the children had to start school. His brother in aw went back home and Guy had to work the vegetable season up here which he worked every year and had committed to do it  the year before for the same farmer. I was told he would be back over in a couple days and would work on the rest of it between his other jobs. I did not have a problem with this explanation at first. But Guy did not care about finishing the job. we got excuse after excuse, meanwhile I was making the $100 per month payments per our written agreement. Ten months passed and I had been given every excuse Guy could think of. I finally had the opportunity to talk to is wife and I told her if Guy did not get over to the house and finish up soon, I would have no choice but to stop making payments. I knew they depended on those payments every month, that is why I had made them for so long. However, I had to do something to get the rest of the job done. Needless to say it made his wife furious and she had him and her brother over at the house working within a few days. He finished the wall, but did not install a door or lock. He left the electrical hanging open, failed to replace the guttering and siding he took down, and with his poor care of the materials he took down, gutters and siding will have to be purchased, in order to put them back the way they were originally. The roof leaked the first year when the snow and ice on the roof melted. It put enough water into the workshop to damage three of my antique Hepplewhite chairs that were being stored in there. He also did not do the surround for the double ovens. On top of this and I think worst of all, I had allowed Guy to use any of my tools he needed. Mostly hand tools, but he and his brother in aw had access to all of my workshop. Which before he started the job, my workshop was in pristine shape. Everything was put away and the workshop was a great place to be able to work in. All of the hand tools that he got out he had laying out on an air hockey table we have I the workshop. I had a very complete workshop at the time. My father raised me working it he shop, and he had left me all of his tools, plus all of my tools I had accumulated over the years. All of the tools that were laying on the table are missing, as well as four of my cordless power tools and one electric drill, and a 25 foot new extension cord, and 2 30-40 foot extension cords that my dad made for me. Guy did the two things to my husband and I that I cannot tolerate at all. He lied to me when he told me the work was done, and he stole from me. He probably walked off with $1,000 in tools and the materials that were left over from the job; wood, screws, insulation, as well as an oil heater that was in the workshop. He told me that he knew heaters and that the oil furnace was old and unable to be repaired. I cannot remember the reason he said he wanted it, but he took it home and had it up and running immediately. The workshop and garages are the only areas that are not heated in the house. The get down to 30 and 40 below zero in the winter, as it is that cold outside. we would have stored our plants that are in containers in that area had we not lost the heater, but now we have to bring them in the house all winter. Which winter up here lasts from October until at least May and sometimes June.

    It is hard for me to write this review because their family is still close friends with both of my daughters and acquaintances with us. But I need for other to know that Guy is not reliable. I know I am not the only person who has had problems with him. Mainly the finishing work problem. His quality of work has had problems as well. My neighbor hired him to do some handyman work as well. He had him put up some insulation for him and within a day or so it fell down and the homeowner had to fix it himself. I do not know why, only that he had to do it, instead of Guy coming back to finish the repairs. Thank you for letting me leave this information for others in my area. I hope this helps others needing help with repairs and steers them to a contractor in our area. I hope if Guy sees this he will realize that we were happy with the work he completed, it was the lack of completion, the extra money without feeling like he needed to get over and keep up his end, as well as the lies and the theft. This really hurt us emotionally and has put a barrier between my daughter and I where the subject of Guy comes up, as they are close. Perhaps he will take this to heart for future jobs God be with you.


    - Judy Ann H.
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    - Jim B.
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