My Contractor is a Douche Bag

Haven’t updated because I’ve been too busy writing letters to our contractor who took all our money and then abandoned the job. Below is the most recent letter:

Can you guess how many cars my husband had to fix to earn $50,000.00?

Here is a list of just some of the jobs you abandoned. Be sure to show your lawyer this.

I know there is SO much more that needs to be done but I composed this list around 3:00 this morning as Don and I sat in the livingroom thinking about what you have done to us. We haven’t slept since your email on Tuesday night.

THIS IS NOT A FINAL LIST

Our deck was never built
There is a door going from the addition to no where – if my grandchild should accidentally walk out that door, they will fall into the yard and be severely injured
The debris must be removed from around the addition and backfilled. – (per Liz’s email)
All of the corrections to the addition have to be addressed per Liz’s email
The drainage pipes must be installed
Our driveway needs to be repaired.
The gutters need to be installed
We have no heater / air conditioner
We have no electricity in the addition
We have no plumbing in the addition
We don’t have doors on the “garage” part of the addition
We have a door on Don’s office, but there is no doorknob
We have no way of accessing the addition from the driveway except by stepping on a wooden plank on top of two cinder blocks
The siding has not been completed.
There is no stucco on the building
The tile that I picked out for the mudroom has not been installed.
There is paint on the brick in the addition that needs to be addressed.
The kitchen door is still there.
The pass-through from the kitchen to the addition was never done.
Our cabinets in the laundry room have not been installed
We have no exhaust for the dryer.
Landscaping – our lawn looks like a mud filled quarry

THIS IS NOT A FINAL LIST.

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10 Responses to My Contractor is a Douche Bag

  1. poolagirl says:

    Oh my GOD! I don’t know what to say!

  2. Judy Miller says:

    OHMIGOSH!!! I hope you have an attorney lined up.

  3. I might be able to contact someone who can help. Email me and we’ll talk.

  4. Jean says:

    “….don’t take the law into your own hands, take ’em to court….”

    Or better yet, WWJJS? What would Judge Judy say?

    Pathetic. I have a friend that had a contractor as lousy as yours and she took out an ad in the local paper listing the items that hadn’t been completed (but paid for, natch). No names were used except hers, but being a smallish town, everyone know who the culprit was. Miraculously, all the work was finished in fairly short order. And he asked her to place another ad, singing his praises.

    She told him she sure would. And then didn’t.

    • JJ says:

      Honest to God, I would love to pot a big ol’ sign on my front lawn telling everyone that he is a thief, but I’m waiting to see what the lawyer says!

  5. yankeechick says:

    OMG!!! Never, never pay a contractor upfront!!! If they don’t have the resources to do a job and get paid when it is finished to YOUR satisfaction, they are a fly-by-night operation. I know, you realize this now….but this is what Chuck does for a living! Sometimes we are “materials poor” and/or he has to pay his sub-contractors for their completed work before he gets paid, but he would never, EVER ask for any payment until his job is done. He has finished many a job for people that are in your current position, which is one reason he joined the Better Business Bureau…..so that people know he a creditable contractor.
    Go to the BBB, and go to the Atty General before you shell out for a lawyer. Why didn’t they finish?? What is their issue? Gads, what a mess for you.

    • JJ says:

      Peggy, he kept harassing us for more “progress” payments and when we hesitated to pay him, he basically told us that he needed the money to buy more supplies – in other words,if we didn’t pay him, he couldn’t move forward. We just wanted him to finish the project and get the hell off the property so we kept paying him. Huge mistake!! Per your advice, I did contact the Better Business Bureau and the Attorney General’s office. I’m seriously thinking about contacting FOX news next!

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