STAY AWAY from Dan Trottier and Ma Maison. Dan and Ma Maison are incompetent, lazy, unprofessional, and the quality is poor.
We contracted Dan to do renovations including drywall/plastering, painting, and refinishing hardwoods. He said it would take 2 weeks. However, Dan sent multiple crews of incompetent workers, which meant work routinely had to be done multiple times. He also often sent them without the proper tools or materials, meaning they couldn't do the work. In some cases, I let his crews borrow my tools. Now, many of my tools are gone. On top of this, his crews rarely worked more than 4 hours a day. Often they'd show up around 9am and leave around lunch.
As the project moved into weeks 4 and 5, Dan shook me down for payments even though he had not met agreed upon milestones. He suggested his crew might not keep coming if we didn't pay.
Finally, although Dan made many mistakes, we fired him because of the following - In refinishing the hardwood floors, they failed to fully sand off the existing varnish before staining the floors. The result looked like a soiled rag. When they 'fixed' this by sanding out the stained surface of the wood to start over, Dan tried to convinced us that the resulting gouges and rough spots were simply something we would have to live with.
After 7 weeks of his nonsense, we fired him. Dan and Ma Maison are a joke. Stay away.
Response from Ma Maison Quebec
Ray was and is a nightmare of a client!!!! He is an American with a typical arrogant attitude.
He still owes me $3000 and kept all of my power tools!!!!
I was contracted to do work in Ray's house and since he had to pay nothing up front and only had to pay 50% when half the work was done he kept adding more and more work... My crews didn't have the supplies needed because he would purposely add more work so that we could never finish and get paid!!!! I had to beg and plead to get half of the money owed to me and never got the balance.
All the pictures he posted are pics of what the house looked like BEFORE WE STARTED, NOT WHEN WE WERE COMPLETED.
Ray's house was sooooooooo DIRTY and with such bad smells from all the garbage, that my crew could not spend more than 4 hours a day there!!!!!! His wife is routinely yelling and insulting him and their kids and my guys and it makes for a horrible work environment.
Raymond has mentioned to me several times since, that it was all done on purpose to get as much free work as possible. I am in the process of taking Ray to small claims court for non payment and I called the police to make a report for stealing all my tools.
Ray is a cold calculating little man who got exactly what he wanted; FREE WORK ON HIS BEAT UP, DIRTY OLD HOUSE!!!!!! Congrats for ripping me off 4000$
I WOULD RECOMEND ALL CONTRACTORS TO STAY AWAY FROM THIS FAMILY, THEY DO NOT PAY THEIR BILLS AND ARE SOME OF THE MOST DISRESPECTFUL PEOPLE I HAVE EVER MET.
I painted his entire house, sanded and varnished all the floors, removed all the stucco and replaced with gyproc, built new walls, etc. etc. etc. All of the work was very well done and I was never paid. That's the bottom line.