Richard Haraszti of Clear Bay Contracting ended up being a compete disappointment unfortunately. His work ethic is quite poor.
He also asks for cash advsnces when hes alresdy paid in full. There is definitely an issue with him being irresponsible with his finances. He even asked if I could give him a thousands in cash so he can have on hand to pick up materials if need be (which I never did, thank God). I dint believe he has any credit whatsoever, so that alone says allot about him. You have to babysit him to make sure he's working and actually at your home completing work, or he'll charge you for time spent in your home when he wasn't there. I paid him by the hour and he was very good at stretching out a job by working very slow or taking off frequently throughout the day.
At first he's reliable but then quickly changes to showing up late, suddenly disappears, is chatting on his cell phone frequently throughout the day, doesn't show up at all when he states he will, leaves early, works very very slow. Trust me, you don't want to find out the hard way like I did. I had other trades people in my house and watched them compared to him, it's night and day.
There's also the issue of him starting many projects in your home but then is unable to finish anything off. His behaviour changed dramatically towards the end and his work and was very sloppy, where I now have to pay someone else to redo his work that I already paid for.
I also noticed if he picks up supplies for you, he'll purchase things for himself on the same receipt and try to get you to reimburse him for the entire receipt. It wasn't until I questioned him, that he gave an excuse. You'll come to notice the number of excuses he gives, he's got one for just about everything.
He sells himself well but buyer beware, he claims he can do everything but this far from the truth. I'm not even sure if he has insurance enforced for itself.
On another very important note, you can not leave him unattended in your home for the safety of your contents. I had to get the police involved but because I don't have video surveillance or witnesses to prove what was stolen while he was the only person in my house at the time, the police couldn't do anything unfortunately.
Plus, if you try to talk to him about your concerns, he gets very verbally abusive.
Since the police were involved, he has been very vindictive.
Don't waste your time with your hard earned dollars or peace of mind with this guy, you'll be sorry just like I was and the previously client who also reported his issues with Richard.