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  • F
    We gave him a job that should have taken a year, two and a half years later he wasn't finish, we got our lawyer on it, it was just awful.

    We found out he didn't pay his suppliers and his subs.

    One thing that did happen is that he made a cut in road for the electricity and he didn't repair it properly so we couldn't get the certificated of occupancy so we were gonna repair it ourselves but the building inspector in town said don't you do it I will force him to do it and some how he manage to force him to do it my guess is they threaten never give him another building permit in town and so he did it but the building inspector saved us twenty five hundred dollars on fixing a road cut that this guy did a terrible job and they weren't going to pass the cut that he did.

    One of the thing we had to repair was that the roof that he put on started leaking even before we moved into the house because he didn't put in proper flashing in the skylights he just didn't put any flashing at all really just put some metals around there hoping it would hold.
    - Cynthia S.
  • F

    We were very patient with Eric and his work. But it seems he has no interest in finishing or even moving this along. The promise he did to us was that he will not take any other major project and will be assigning a site manager to attend to our project. So far we haven?t seen any site manager or any work being done in an orderly manner.

    Superior wall was installed on Dec 8th , 2014 and he waited until Jan 20th to do concreting, by which time weather started to get very cold. He asked money due at foundation work completion and we paid him $38800 at this time, which I understand now he didn?t complete yet. Since then site stayed open (no backfilling) and unsafe for my kids. When sides of the site started yielding we called/texted him many times but no response. By February most of sides fell into, and oil supply stopped as it was unsafe for them to deliver. We were out of heat for a day. We called no response, so we resolved the issue ourselves. By March when all snow melted we expected him to start work but he told us that he is busy with other work and needs more time to finish it! We kept calling Eric for a start date and an updated schedule almost every week since but he failed. He kept giving start dates and never met any of them and keep moving it forward. On April 6th we thought he started the project but again after few days of work he disappeared. So far, if we put all the time together including his sub?s work, there was probably 10-15 days of work on site.

    I feel Eric has no GC skills or experience and has never taken a job this size. He has not provided a schedule, dumpster or porta potty, or kept us informed about the status of work or his plans. On excavation day he didn?t show up on site till afternoon and I personally had to print the drawings and instruct the excavator the way I know! The foundation concrete floor Eric did is not water proof and has holes in it which is bringing water inside whenever there is outside. He missed to point out or remedy a mistake superior wall installers did. They left a small gap between walls where the new foundation ties with old. Instead of getting Superior wall guys to fix it,  he paid them in full and told us it is not a big deal and he can fill it himself. Eric seems to have tried this but it looks pretty bad job to us, as the rebars  are still exposed to exterior conditions. More than any of these ?small? issues we are feeling frustrated about work not progressing. We feel stuck with him as he has our money and stressed time wise.

    - George K.
  • A
    We decided to work with Girsh Development because of they spent the time and effort understanding our project and what we were trying to achieve. We were tearing down a 1950 split level and had designs ready for a contemporary house. What set Girsh Development apart from other construction companies was their ability to come up with ideas to further improve upon the design we had while also suggesting cost effective alternatives to help with overall budget targets without sacrificing overall design concepts. Mark Girsh was very responsive throughout the project and talked us through what to expect upfront with a tentative timeline. During the construction he communicated with us regularly keeping us updated on the progress and getting our feedback. The quality of work done by Girsh Development has been excellent. Even after the construction was completed, they continue to remain responsive and address any questions and concerns we have. They have gone beyond the call of duty to ensure we have the house we had dreamed of!
    - Anuradha B.
  • F
    1-Mike Kelly aka Mine Mountain Construction did not pull permits and would not stand behind his work
    2- Mike Kelly aka Mine Mountain Construction would not supply us with estimates or invoices
    3- Mike Kelly aka Mine Mountain Construction overcharged for services or double charged
    4- Mike Kelly aka Mine Mountain Construction broke into our home and removed property
    In October 2014, my husband and I purchased a home in Princeton which needed some updating. We hired Mike Kelly, a general contractor who was someone we knew for about 10 years. At first we hired him to do some painting and minor repair. At first he seemed very eager to do the work and we were glad we were able to help an friend out by giving him a job. My husband and I were in a rental only a mile from our new house.
    We had gotten some conceptual plans from the architect who did the original renovations on the house we purchase. The plans were to update the baths and increase the size of the master closet. I had already gotten some verbal estimates from local contractors but Mike Kelly assured us that he could do the job and had a guy who could draw the plans and that he would pull all the permits. Soon after he assured us that he didn?t need the plans and could do the project with the drawing that I can created. He gave us a price of $26,000 to do the bedroom and $34 for two baths. I picked up the permits from town hall and fill out the homeowners section. I gave them to Mike Kelly who assured me that he would pull permits. Soon after he did the demolition he told me that we didn?t need the permits till we would ready to close up the wall. He brought in sub contractors to do electric and plumbing but most everything else he and his two workers did most of the work. We gave him a deposit and he ask if I would cash the check and then requested cash because he did have time to go to the bank. I was keeping track of the money by putting his name on the check when I cashed it for him. Soon he was asking for more and more money and never supply us with estimates of invoices finally, when we demanded him to supply paperwork he became belligerent. He started to shout at us and (on numerous occasions he talked about his gum collection) -- his aggressive manner was extremely intimidating. 
    We paid him much more than he estimated and he kept asking for more. Finally, we told him that were not going to allow him to enter the house without us there and that we changed the locks, that we were going to oversee the work from now on. This seem to make him incensed, he was suppose to meet Richard at 8 am and he goes to the house at 5:30  and breaks into the unlocked window and took his tools and some shelving that belong to us. When Richard confronted him he was shouting and asking for more money. He left a gigantic mess consisting of construction debris.
    Now we have to deal with his mess, we are in the process of getting permits and almost all of his work did not meet code for Princeton NJ and the only one who stood by his work was the electrician. We think he used a plumber who didn't even have a license - Worst experience we have ever had with a contractor.
    - Fran E.
  • A
    The workmanship is superb and the work was done quickly. Glen is an outstanding builder and a terrific person. He is extremely knowledgable and a great problem solver. He is very patient, responsive and professional . His crew is excellent.

    - Gwen G.
  • B
    From beginning to end, Chris was there, on time, meeting all specifications. He also provided his ideas for improvement to our plans. We have lived in this spectacular addition for three years and are loving every minute here. We were comfortable with Chris and his crew in our home as we lived here while all the work was being done; they were attentive and considerate.
    If we needed additional work to be done, we'd call Chris again.
    - Julie F.
  • A
    From the beginning I felt I could rely on Chris's expertise and integrity. When the project was over, I still had thesame respect and the same opinion of Chris and his team. I now have a beautiful home and my family is thrilledwith it. I have even had people ask me who did the job when they come to visit !
    - Julie F.
  • A
    First of all, Glen in figuring out the bid, was meticulous as any good business man should be. He brought his team of subcontractors over to help figure out the bid. Bottom line - he charged us what he bid and not a penny more.

    Secondly, he was easy to work with, and there were many issues to deal with. I mentioned the heating/cooling above. His knowledge was impressive. He discussed every item with the electrician, the plumbing, the heating, the paint guys. He oversaw and managed everything. Every contractor and subcontractor he scheduled showed up when they said they would.

    Glen's team of 3 were terrific guys, pleasant to be around and meticulous. They did beautiful work. Also, and important to someone with asthma, they cleaned up every day. Friends complain that they live with dust. Not us. We never had a night were we came home from work to a dirty house - not once.

    Aside from things I ordered separately - everything was done on time. If a delivery was delayed, we knew about. We were kept informed about what was being done, and our lack of decisions were what slowed up the process. But Glen is so organized that it never increased the price.

    I don't think we could have had a better experience. And new to the area, working with Glen and a team of top notch A+ subcontractors was a total find.
    - KAREN P.
  • A
    They were very timely in their follow up in meeting me at the site. Their quote was reasonable and they were definitely in the game. They answer the phone and return calls, just a lot of stuff that other companies don't do. It was just a good experience overall
    - Jim G.
  • A
    They are top quality builders. They came out right away for the work. They do contracts for large work, but they charge by the hour for smaller work. They always guarantee their work. I give them straight A?s for their service. I will continue to use them in the future.
    - Lisa S.
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