Have you ever watched "Holmes on Homes", and shuddered at the horror stories involving nightmare contractors? Well, this company is ALL of that, and worse. I thought I did everything right, I got multiple quotes,I got a contract, I called references, I was specific in what I asked for. I hired CHRIS STEFFENSEN and his company SKOR,to finish my partially finished 700 sq/ft basement. He bid in around 30K, and as I was asking for some very high end finishes, thought this to be a good price. I had met him at his booth in a local trade show, and after performing my due dilligence anticipated a good experience for the 2-3 weeks they said this would take.. He promised he would pull all the permits, and personally guaranteed this wouldnt end up the next episode for Mike Holmes ( I made a joke about that when we first met-imagine the irony). Then I made my FIRST mistake-I gave the guy a down payment....The first day of the project went well-the workers showed up, did what I expected, cleaned up before they went home, and carried on in a professional manner for about a week. Then they missed a few days, but CHRIS came by, told me there had beena change in staff, asssured me things were right on track, and also presented me an Invoice for the second payment (as per contract). THEN I made my SECOND mistake. I paid it. Then the fun started. He had about 25K of my money, and all work promptly stopped. My basement was a disaster, and we started to notice problems. I started calling. Chris should be selling used cars for a living because let me tell you, this guy can lie with the best of them. I would ask where the workers were, and he would say "they are on the way later on today!" (they never, ever, were.) or "They are working on your cabinetry in the shop" He used that one about 6 times. There was never a single piece of cabinetry constructed. This went on for two months. I tracked the progress in "hours per week"-and I got about 1-3. As I got more aggresive, he made more promises, complained of a lack of manpower (during the highest rate of unemployment, and the biggest recession ever known) and swore up and down this would get done as per contract. Then he sent his brother out to do the drywall. ALAN STEFFENSEN. Nice guy-but judging by his work, he had never seen a piece of drywall before. As a matter of fact, even the mudder that Skor subcontracted the mud/tape job to, told me "the guy who did this is an idiot!" Thats right..their own contractor said that-his words. My basement is a walkout, with a paved walkway right up to the sliding glass doors. Basically a drywallers dream job. The people I eventually had to hire to rip out Alans work told me they almost never get such a gravy project-the whole thing could have been done with 12' sheets. As they took me around and showed me that not ony did he not use 12' sheets, he hadnt even used 8" sheets. He had done the whole thing out of patchwork bits. There was not ONE full sheet of drywal in the whole basement. By now, the contract date had long since passed. I was furious. My basement was still a disaster. Three months had gone by, and I wasnt even finished drywall. I emailed and called him daily for another three months. More promises (lies). After six months I was ready to do something drastic. Really drastic. I think he sensed this and emails me and says the contract is null and void because he cant get manpower. Merry Christmas! We started this in MAY, and hes backing out in December, on a 700sq/ft. basement. I got on Kijiji that NIGHT and had my basement FULL of contractors the NEXT DAY. I finished the project on my own, including ripping out all of his mistakes, in 30 days. and 2 weeks of that was xmas holidays folks. I get a meeting with CHRIS, finally, and he says he will make it up me. He promises to return 7K of my money, plus another 7K the week after., and then we will take care of the balance. I got the first cheque-and after 3 mths havent got another dime.
To "Branden in Edmonton":
I am not out "to get" anyone. I freely shared my legitimate reviews on a public forum. To call my views into question is innapropriate. That would be like me saying you are likely an agent of the company in question, attempting to do damage control. What I am out "to get" is the remaining money this company still owes me. Rather tough to do when they close the doors, change the phone number, and skip town. I even went to his house once, and was told "He dosent live here anymore". Branden, as you said you were wiling to talk with anyone and trumpet the virtues of this company, so to am I willing to talk with anyone and everyone, about how dishonest and unprofessional this individual was. Unlike you, however, I will not tell the rest of the readers to ignore the reviews. I will tell them the opposite. Do your due dilligence, and do it extremely carefully. Check everything. and never, EVER give ANY money up front.