Having spoken to several friends that work in construction, this project has every single nightmare story that they have heard people tell about dealing with contractors rolled into one. To save you the trouble of reading the essay below simply follow my advice - NEVER use this contractor under ANY circumstances. I signed a contract and paid the initial deposit in mid-March. Work began on April 15, 2015. It is now May 19th, I have been without a kitchen or bathroom for over a month. I have fired this contractor due to breach of contract related to timing of the project, extensive property damage and gross negligence. I have requested a refund of all monies paid to the contractor ($10,000), which I have not received, and will be forced to turn to the courts if not received in the next few days. Note that Garcia's Renovations also goes by Garcia's Concrete. The two principals engaged on this contract were Jose Garcia and Mervin Dandridge. I initially made contact with this company in mid-February, as I was exploring options for a much-needed remodel of my kitchen and bathroom. I hired these guys based on their very quick response time (Mervin was at my apartment to take measurements the same day I initially contacted them), extensive follow-ups, what appeared to be a good work ethic and examples of past projects that they provided. We met in their office to discuss the details of the contract and agreed on a final price. Several days later Jose presented me with a contract and offered a discount of $250 if I was able to make the first payment in the next couple of days, since he would be able to combine shipping costs on cabinets with another project. I obliged and transferred $5,000 as per the contract. Two days before work started (on April 13th) I transferred $2,000 for work to begin as per the contract. One day before work started, Jose contacted me to ask if I could transfer another $3,000 because the bank put a hold on the initial transfer and that he needed the whole amount to purchase supplies. This was probably the first clue that I should have turned and ran the other way. On the first day (April 15th), Jose arrived with four guys that he instructed to remove the old kitchen and begin removing tile in the bathroom. I asked to put down some protection on the wooden floors in the condo and to move my appliances to another room as I was not replacing them. At the end of the first day, I came home to the floors not being protected, with concrete dust tracked all over them, the appliances not being moved and all damaged from the kitchen demolition going on around them. That night I spent a lot of time moving the appliances myself and covering the wood floors with parchment paper that the contractor brought but did not use. I reported this damage to Jose. On the second day I came home to a small leak on the kitchen floor, as they were unable to properly disattach the kitchen sink and left it on the floor still attached to the water main - the thin pipes connected to the sink sprang several leaks, and there was now water on the kitchen floor. I moved the sink around until the leak had stopped and reported this to Jose. On the third day I came home to water once again leaking onto the kitchen floor, which I again resolved and reported to Jose. Also, on this day I was presented with about $350 in fines from building management for various damage done to the building by the workers. Also, on this day the workers attempted to install 1/4" cement board over partially demolished walls in the bathroom, such that there was over 3" in difference in wall thickness depending on where you measured going top to bottom - the workers simply did not remove the cement underlayer that was beneath the tiles, and attempted to hide it with cement board. I requested that the cement board be removed because I did not want to tile over crooked walls. On the fourth day (Saturday), trash was removed from three days of demolition work in the bathroom, the sink in the kitchen was moved yet again and began to leak water yet again. I came home late on Saturday night to about an inch of standing water in one corner of the kitchen, which I promptly picked up, and addressed the leak to the best of my ability by directing leaking water into a plastic bucket. My building doesn't allow work on Sundays, but I was filling up a 3 gallon bucket with leaking water twice a day. The following Monday, the unit owners from the unit below came home from a weekend away and reported a leak in their unit. Because of the leak, building management did an emergency water shut off (fined for that) and called in their own plumber who replaced the shut-off valves in the kitchen and bathroom (charged for that), and removed both sinks and the toilet. Starting from this day I had no working toilet in the apartment. This was also the first day that I saw a power tool used in the project - before that, Jose had his workers attempting to remove tile plus over an inch of underlying cement with a hammer and chisel (unsuccessfully). The following day, building management shut down the project because the contractor had apparently provided an improper insurance certificate. This took a week to resolve. In the meantime, the contractor became incredibly difficult to reach to discuss next steps, as he suddenly developed serious health problems and was in and out of the hospital. I have records of my multiple attempts to contact him by phone or text to no avail. From the beginning of the project, I had been asking for a meeting to discuss kitchen design and finishing materials to be used - this meeting never occurred. After the insurance certificate issue was resolved, no work was done for another five days, and Jose could not be reached. At that point I reached out to his partner Mervin - who was the person that initially came to my apartment and took initial measurements - only to find out that a) Mervin had no idea that the project was underway, and b) he was no longer working with Jose because Jose owed him too much money. It was at that point that I became very concerned and made the first attempt to terminate the contract and request a refund. Jose resurfaced, apologized, swore up and down that this was all because of his health issues that have since been resolved, and promised a quick and professional completion of the project, to be supervised by Mervin. It took another five days for Jose to convince Mervin to help him out and make some sort of financial arrangement, so work started again on May 6 - three weeks after the initial start date, and at the end of the time the contract stated work would take. After working for one day, everyone disappeared from the job site, leaving a huge pile of demolition debris on the kitchen floor. Noone could be reached for the following day, the trash was left in our unit over the weekend. That following Monday (May 11) I wrote a contract termination email to both of the principals on the contract, and requested a full refund of all money transferred, with the alternative of going to court but with a higher settlement amount (I firmly believe that the various fines I incurred from my building totaling nearly $1,000 as well as the ongoing headache of living without a toilet or shower more than fully offsets the cost of any labor that had been done). The contractor once again reemerged, apologized profusely, and negotiated a new contract with my wife (I refused to speak to him any longer), promised a $1,500 refund and cover cost of kitchen cabinets and granite that we had ordered ourselves at that point. When asked what work is to be performed I requested that they are to 1) Finish exposing the three cinder block walls in the bathroom to prep walls for tile, 2) remove the ceiling in the bathroom, and 3) install new metal framing on the fourth wall in the bathroom to replace a very flimsy construction that was there before. I was away on business for three days, upon my return I discovered that 1) Instead of removing the remaining cement from the walls, the contractors attempted to free-hand plaster over the walls resulting in all surfaces being extremely uneven and far from level (has to be demolished now); 2) Instead of removing the ceiling attempts were made to seal it to the adjoining walls (has to be undone now); 3) Instead of installing new metal framing as requested, the existing metal bars were wrapped with wooden planks, with cement board attached over top, thereby not resolving the unsound construction issue - the wall gives up to 3/4" if I press on it (so this too has to be undone). After this I resent them the termination of contract email and informed building management to not allow any of these people anywhere near my apartment again. Now we have yet to see how we will get our money back, if ever. As a wrap up note - in addition to all of the damage listed above and having been without a toilet for a month now (there is only one in my unit), I now strongly believe that all monies that I have transferred have been fully misappropriated, as the contractor follows a "Rob Peter to pay Paul" type of approach to finances. I was told in mid-March to pay deposit in order to get a combined shipping discount on kitchen cabinets. In reality, no cabinets have been ordered, ever. The same goes for the granite, that was supposedly paid for out of the $2,000 transfer that I made. The only thing aside from cement board and liquid nails that ever made its way to my unit was a shower handle/faucet combination - and NOT the one I requested, but a much cheaper alternative. Again, do yourself a favor and stay away from these guys!