I hired a bad contractor, why should I do?

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Posted by: from Brampton
5/4/2007 at 8:48:20 PM

can somebody help me? I hired a bad contractor. For almost 2 months now, my basement is not done yet. He doesn't show up anymore, he blocks my calls. the bad thing is I've almost paid him for everything.

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Date/Time5/5/2007 at 1:14:03 PM

May i ask one question... Did you pick the cheapest quote you had gotten?How far has he brought the project along? there isnt alot you can do. well best of luck.If i can help let me know.

Ken Hughes services

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Abuilt Custom Builders in Abbotsford
Date/Time5/6/2007 at 9:15:40 PM

first, did you see his license ? that should be your first question. Second is did you see his insurace papers? third ALLWAYS get a contract !! with his signature on it. If he has a license, you go to city hall and file a law suit. Second call the BBB and tell them, so it dont happen to anyone else. third, do a reverse search on his phone number on 411 canada and get his address. Not that i need your bussiness but read my profile , and the next time , maybe follow some of the tips, only trying to help. God Bless,

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Danmar Interiors in Maple
Date/Time5/6/2007 at 9:22:04 PM

There is something you can do. You go to your lawyer have him send a letter to the contractor. Your lawyer will know exactly what to do. He will give him a choice , finish the project. If he doesn't want to finish the project it is called abandonment of the project. Then you have the right to complete the project at his expense. You will get your money back in court. I hate hearing stories like this which gives us contractors a bad name.

Danmar Interiors.

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Abuilt Custom Builders in Abbotsford
Date/Time5/8/2007 at 11:32:39 AM

A contract Is the only full proof way that he is or has done any work at all in your home. Also take pictures of the work he has completed before anymore work is done at all, how else will you be able to prove what he hasnt done ? Anything else or any witneses are pure hearsay. to a judge , he needs proof.

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Abuilt Custom Builders in Abbotsford
Date/Time5/8/2007 at 11:32:39 AM

One of the biggest complaints I hear from home owners who've been taken by their contractor is that they paid too much money upfront. Most contracts that home owners sign are based on time. THIS IS TOTALLY INCORRECT. You need to demand a contract and payment plan based on milestones, not set time periods.

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Lance in Calgary
Date/Time5/23/2007 at 6:47:08 PM

We did all our homework and still had contractor problems. We are only out half the amount of our contract. I was able to find a contractor who would step in and complete the project but I'm still out the money. I've had 1 bad experiance from a contractor off this site but the others I have used from here were outstanding.

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Date/Time10/6/2007 at 2:18:29 PM

I will agree in that you should always do your homework before hiring a contractor. Always get a signed contract, very important!!! Good luck and let me know if there is anything I can help you with.

Domenic Messina



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Date/Time10/17/2007 at 3:13:54 AM

I fully agree with Abuilt. I got a license and Insurance just so my customers can rest easy that their project will get finished. I will admit, a few of my project have gone beyond their schedualed deadlines in fact a few setbacks are far from uncommon but to just abandon a project is just wrong. Also an upfront fee is not uncommon either but my advice would be not to pay anymore than 30-40% and then pay the rest in stages.

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Date/Time10/17/2007 at 3:17:39 AM

PS If your contractor uses other trades and did not pay them you could be facing a lein on your property. I believe it is law that 10-20% be held back until the 46th day after completion to protect you from such occurances.

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James in Toronto
Date/Time11/9/2007 at 2:18:33 PM

I did my homework very thoroughly. Still I hired the wrong contractor. I even have his licence (he left it in my basement accidentally.) I have contract with his signature, his address etc. - it does not give my money back.

I reported his abandonment to the BBB and to the Consumer Protection Bureau I'm about suing him in the small court . What are my chances?

Do you have any advice?

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Mike from Homes Ltd in Surrey
Date/Time12/2/2007 at 5:13:03 PM

James, you can take the contractor to small claims court, however you cannot sue for any legal fees, and the problem is even if you do win your case there is not much the courts can do to guarantee you get paid. It can also take up to nine months just to get to court. Sorry, it's not the reply you wanted, but next time also make sure you get lots of references from your contractor and even ask their prev clients if you can see their work. Hope this helps and good luck.

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Mike from Homes Ltd in Surrey
Date/Time12/2/2007 at 5:13:03 PM

James, you can take the contractor to small claims court, however you cannot sue for any legal fees, and the problem is even if you do win your case there is not much the courts can do to guarantee you get paid. It can also take up to nine months just to get to court.

Sorry, it's not the reply you wanted, but next time also make sure you get lots of references from your contractor and even ask their prev clients if you can see their work. Hope this helps and good luck.

Wingfield Homes Ltd.

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Date/Time1/1/2008 at 6:24:11 PM

the problem is here is that the gov protects him he has done some work therefore he is not rquired to return any money unless stated in your contract. chances are in court you are wastein your time

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Date/Time1/1/2008 at 6:28:19 PM

fire him and move on

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Robert in Markham
Date/Time1/2/2010 at 3:04:52 PM a recently ripped off home owner I'm just dumbfounded how easy it is to be ripped off. It appears that there is no one to protect us, the poor home owners and based on the 'too bad for you now move along' comments I read here it appears that no help is forthcoming.

Our contractor not only left us in the middle of the project, the work he did do was a joke. If he were a doctor he would be sued for malpractice. For example he put up joist hangers in the attic without any nails! Had we let him finish our roof would have collapsed under the weight of the winter snow and killed us.

I am planning to take him to small claims court but I'm not overly hopeful.

Does anyone have any advice on how to proceed successfully into court without giving even more money away? Is there any way to find out if he even has something to pay if we do win?

I am so frustrated, angry and disillusioned that such a situation exists. It seems like a get-rich-quick scheme to become a GC and then just run away.

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Ailliro in Mississauga
Date/Time8/13/2010 at 5:41:16 PM

I got wet basement and got several quotes and hired a person who did basement for my sister. He did the work and I paid him but after rains the water again cam from same places. The contractor promises but rarely comes and we have in-construction look around our house for eight months. What can we do ?

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Michael in Toronto
Date/Time8/14/2010 at 1:32:12 PM

Anyone who is about to hire a contractor or has hired a bad contractor should read this article from the City of Toronto.

I hired a bad contractor last year, and like most, paid most of the money upfront for materials. The contractor did some of the work, but disappeared half way with the rest of the money and left my house in a mess. I tried contacting the contractor every day, but he screened and avoided all my calls. I was out a couple thousand dollars. I even had a contract written up, did a few reference checks, and got their licence number. But it turned out to be a fake. I found all this out too late. I went to the police, and they did nothing. They said the only thing i could do is go to small claims court, and that didn't guarantee anything. I thought everything was lost and hopeless. Then I found the article from the City of Toronto website. I sent an email to the City of Toronto municipal licencing to file a complaint. Right away they followed up with me, opened up the case, and sent an investigator to my home. The investigator took all my information, examined the contractor's work and found that they did not have the proper permits and licencing. The investigator tracked down the contractor/sub contractors involved and enforced hefty charges and licencing conditions on them. The investigator also acted as a mediator. The contractor, in order to avoid the hefty fines, then agreed to pay back most of the money that was owed to me. The contractor was then redflagged and given a time frame to get properly licenced. The investigator was a godsend. He helped me recover the lost money and finally hire a reputable contractor to finish off the work. I can't believe there are people out there that prey on innocent homeowners.

To file a complaint with Municipal Licencing and Standards, please call 416-392-3082 or email

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Keung in Vancouver
Date/Time9/7/2010 at 8:31:36 PM

My counter top installer stopped work after i told him that I cannot accept the quality of one of the three pieces. I don't want to work with them again and will need to hire another company to finish installing the stones, sink, cut holes etc. What should I do to protect my interest before hiring a new company? So far, I paid 50% already and was suppose to pay 50% on completion but they did not the 50% should be enough to hire another company to finsh the job. I can't understand why they would walk and what they can do now that they walked?

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Stephanie in Brampton
Date/Time2/27/2011 at 9:35:10 PM

Do not hire Fr for reno's located in St. Catherines.

I want to warn the public not to hire these unprofessional and unethical contractors Randy and Frank Zschogner. The reason why is because they did a job for me which they used faulty electrical and plumbing practices in addition to the worst ceramic tile job ever.

Do not waste your money or time with these men because you will regret it and their unsafe work can harm your family and home.

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Mary in Toronto
Date/Time4/28/2011 at 6:32:52 PM

What ever you do..don't make the same mistake that I did. Do not hire Craig Rae from CMR Contracting or Ceara Kitchens. If you need to see photos of the work he's done, I'll send them to you. Not only did he do a horrible job, it left the job before it was finished. We had a real licensed contractor come in and he was astonded. Craig even left live plugs hanging out of the walls, which I've been told is very dangerous. Anyway, beware of this guy! He'll cause you more stress than you can imagine.

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Lois in Edmonton
Date/Time5/7/2011 at 10:32:30 AM

As someone said in this forum there are way too many people having to suck it up and let the contractors take off with hard earned money because our laws favor them over us. It is my idea to get laws changed and if any of you have the same train of thought send a letter or a link to this forum conversation to your MLA or MP. I am going after the contractor for $6000. He still does business on this website.

Time and again I see people telling others to set up a contract, check out the credentials, licenses, and referrals. It does not matter how diligent you are about investigating a contractor it will happen to you or not, completely random. It is not the consumers fault for not being "aware". It is the contractors fault for deceiving and that is fraud. The consumer is not breaking the law, therefore is completely blameless whether they investigated or not. We need to make this clear to our law-makers and change the way the laws are set up - favor the consumer and not the contractor.

The contractor has business guidelines to follow and has resources to protect

them for unsavory consumers. The consumer for the most part does not have grass roots resources that advocate truly for them. I have found this out by going through the process with government consumer protection agency and the BBB.

I paid $5,000 down and another $6,000 on a "progress" payment because the contractor said he ran out of money. This is the pressure point where you have to make a hard decision; if you don't pay they walk off and leave you with a house all torn up plus take money you already paid and did not complete work for.

For my money I got wallboard and paint in my living room and hallway in my mobile home. I bought 6 windows and vinyl floor tiles and they installed but did not frame the windows or baseboard the rooms. The job was to be completed in 2-3 weeks but stretched from Sept 2010 to Jan 12, 2011 ( the date I fired them). Instead the job is 30% done and the contractor told me receipts will not be furnished unless ordered by court. I borrowed money on a home equity loan on my trailer to do this repair and upgrade as I prepare for my retirement. It is May and the jobs remain undone because of no money.

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Kaj in Surrey
Date/Time5/8/2011 at 10:45:10 PM

Same situation here. Our contractor took off after taking 35.000 of our money. It turned out that he also didn't pay his subcontractors, nor his workers. He even had the guts to repair some damage that he had caused "out of his own pocket" to show his good intent and didn't pay that supplier either. The lien we had on our house (we didn't want to pay as we paid the contractor based on progress - subcontracts are part of the progress you see, no?) has now been turned into a small claims claims case for triple the amount that subcontractor was owed, and our lawyers fee for just dealing with that has already hit the 5.000 mark, we haven't even tried to go after the contractor.

Not only that, we had to hire people for damage control, have an unfinished job, and a flat roof that is unaccessable (was supposed to be a sun deck). We also miss our balcony railing which was supposedly taken to a place to be spraypainted but Lord knows which one. They probably chucked it by now.

Apart from that we have thousands in damaged items as a result of weather damage to our property because the 1 month job dragged on for months.

We`re still looking into suing for missapropriation of trust funds (a criminal offense that can pierce corporate protection).

In the meantime it seems the contractor has dismantled his company - possibly started a new one.

This was, as with many bigger renos, done on a second mortgage and we're obviously heartbroken, but the bottom line is that the law seems not to side with homeowners, but only serves to protect scammers in this specific area of business.

And for what it's worth, we interviewed, went with the most expensive quote, checked BBB, visited his office, spoke to previous customers.

You don't stand a chance.


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Catharine in Hamilton
Date/Time2/1/2012 at 7:47:31 PM

I also hired a bad contractor who completley destroyed my $400,000 dollar home- right down to cutting the main support beam causing a collapse in one of my levels.

Do not hire any of these aliases. Terry Maisonneauve, 5 star home solutions, 5 star renovations or niagara's best handyman he is a crook. Before renos my home was worth market value. Now it is worth half of what it was paid. I am suing him with the best law firm and will win.

This guy already defaulted in the court- he doesn't realize you can also sue the individual and I am sure he thinks only the fake company is being sued. Rude awakening will post the results once the court is over.

He owns to many properties to bankrupt so I will be the lucky one to get my money back.

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Lynn in Toronto
Date/Time4/21/2012 at 1:57:53 PM

I hired a contractor to do my bathroom and the work is questionable and a few things wrecked...Ive only paid them a quarter of the payment and asked them not to come back and based on qualified opinions, some of the work will have to be done.

He used two contract was with the contractor and i wasn't aware that subcontractors would be used. I fear a lien and also recourse from contractor if any.

The contractor I had a contract with was not licensed....I found this out after the fact....

Beyond the diffiencies with the work, the subcontractor also caused me excessive emotional stress (was aggressive etc), I have pictures and every complaint in writing....

Any opinions thoughts? I worry about Liens etc

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Bruce in Hamilton
Date/Time5/3/2012 at 11:29:19 PM

@catharine. Omg thats awfull to hear!!! I hope this got all settled

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Carol in Toronto
Date/Time6/21/2012 at 10:24:51 AM

Can anyone recommend a good lawyer in toronto for this sort of problem?

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Jane in Scarborough
Date/Time8/22/2012 at 8:27:11 PM

I am simply amazed that I did not find any previous blogs on my scam artist stamped patterned concrete contractor Fernando DeFreitas who works out of Scarborough, Ontario. He works with his son Domenic, a guy nick named General and another guy named Johnny. He is known in the stamped concrete industry to quote so low that you can't resist, start some horrible work that won't last, take your cash and then just run away. He's rude and unprofessional, has a serious drug problem, scams his full time work by working during his worker's compensation disability and drives with a suspended license. He's pretty much as trashy as it gets!

At this point in time I have found out that there are tons of people who he's scammed and the rest whose work is falling apart. He's also stolen material from our job right in front of our trusting eyes. Our legal system unfortunately does not help innocent parties to nab such losers; he has nothing to take if you sue so why waste time in court but this is the least I can do. Word of mouth is the best form of revenge in this case.

Don't make the same mistake I did; he can sweet talk his way out of anything.

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Anita in Toronto
Date/Time9/26/2012 at 11:35:58 AM

Well we heard all the stories, but we ended up hiring a bad contractor too. We hired Tony Diamond of The Professional Installer to dig and under pin our basement walls, do basic plumbing and pour a concrete floor. Mid way through the project we had to wait 2 weeks for an inspector-requested plumbing part to arrive from the States (it was a very particular part we needed). When it was time for Tony to start again, he informed us that he would be billing us a waiting fee of $500 per day amounted to $8500. and if we didn't pay he wouldn't continue the job. (That's called extortion in the dictionary.)

He left us high and dry, well over deadline and budget. We are suing him and hope for the best. In the meantime the furnace is sitting in the back yard and winter is approaching!!

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Gagan in Brampton
Date/Time2/18/2013 at 10:49:25 AM

I had the same type of issue. I hired Golden kitchen cabinets to remove and fix the new kitchen but they didn't do good job also it's so frustrating that its more than a month and still they didn't finish it.

My son was sick and I had to eat from outside only though Dr told me not to give outside food. Now kitchen is installed with so much pending work and contractor is not showing up. He is giving me hard time he says that he will come but he doesn't. No idea what to do also he put wrong color cabinets and counter tops are not even levelled.

I have this in writing that he will do the kitchen with that much of dollars. I have all the pics too. He took almost 90 percent before fixing the kitchen. Now I am hearing bad reviews for him.

What should I ?

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Will in Chemainus
Date/Time4/21/2013 at 8:27:06 PM

Before hiring someone, check out their references. If he or she asks for a large amount of money prior to even starting work, DO NOT pay!! This is a glaring red flag.

I recently almost (luckily) hired a guy whose price came in at almost double the price I got from another person who was not able to start for a few weeks because he was so booked. The other person wanted 50% upfront one week prior to starting and he didn't even have to supply the materials!!

Don't get anxious. Take your time and check out several contractors. You will be glad you did. Just remember that anyone with the money to buy a few basic tools can call themselves a tradesman.

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Roman in East York
Date/Time4/29/2013 at 12:33:33 AM

We too were fleeced by a terrible contract for a two storey addition. Now we have a house that has been destroyed while we are living elsewhere. We trust no one anymore. The contractor was a crook from the get-go. We checked references, visited two job sites, obtained insurance papers (doctored copies before we got the proper one), obtained a personal referral, and signed a 38 page contract, and still we were fleeced by an incompetent scoundrel.

A couple of tell tale signs after the fact: He cashed our cheque within 24 hours by going to the bank and paying to have it certified. From then on, he was ahead of the game. He told his insurance broker that the value of the job was exactly one-half of what it really was to pay a lower premium. He was the only contractor who asked us what our budget was and came in $10,000 under the budget. He misdirected funds that we gave him for windows, etc. for other purposes. We went weeks without having anyone onsite, and ocassionally, his incompetent 20 year old son would show up and do some incompetent work. He never supervised trades, and when they did something improperly, he let them finish and paid them. The list goes on.

We finally legally fired him after he pulled out of the site and abandoned the project. He was 4 months past the due date of when he was supposed to be finished.

People there is no recourse here from a financial perspective. Small claims court is only up to $25K and then if he is a numbered company, he can close it and open another company. You can't garnish his wages from another job. You can't smear him on the internet because he can (and will) close his company and move on. He already had a tarnished BBB record (just after we signed on with him, his rating plummeted). The consumer has no recourse at all, and what is worse is that in searching for a new contractor, they have to undo what was done, and you get charged more. We are trying to get unstuck, but we don't trust anyone right now.

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Tonii in Calgary
Date/Time5/2/2013 at 3:12:07 PM

We have utilized the Fair Trading Act and hopefully there can be some recourse. We are also filing a Statement of Claim in Small Claims.

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Abid in Ottawa
Date/Time5/4/2013 at 6:29:51 AM

We went through the same experience of rip off by Degruyter Home Improvements in Ottawa. The best I could do was to put a review on Handy Canadian so others don't go through the same horrible experience.

Secondly I had done a website for him as a favour (, I have now put the whole story with evidence there for people to watch and avoid getting scammed. Even if we can't get what we lose to such con-men, it is worthwhile to let others know and save others from these predators.

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Brenda in Milton
Date/Time7/23/2013 at 8:57:13 PM

I am taking a contractor to small claims court, he now has another job. It was mentioned that you can't garnish his wages. If I am succesful in my claim, how would I go about getting the money from him?

He took $17000 to finish my basement but only got the framing and electrics done and some plumbing.

Plumbing and electrics had to be ripped out and redone. My basement was completed by another contracting co at a cost of $13000.

Any suggestions welcomed.

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Samantha in Vaughan
Date/Time9/15/2013 at 9:05:37 PM

From a legal prospective alot of the times we see this happen to consumers, on the other hand we see contractors not get full payment by home owners, or subcontractors not receive full payment from contractors.

Alot of the times consumers do pick the cheapest quote, and that contractor may not provide a contract. Be weary, if you feel you have been duped and you know where this contractor resides bring a small claims court action and recover the money back.

Keep in mind to re-do the work you will need another three quotes and you are to pick the one in between to show the court that you have mitigated your damages.

When first hiring a contractor ensure they are legit so you don't fall into this situation again. If it looks to good to be true it must be.

Scales of Justice

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Samantha in Vaughan
Date/Time9/15/2013 at 9:08:51 PM


I am taking a contractor to small claims court, he now has another job. It was mentioned that you can't garnish his wages. If I am succesful in my claim, how would I go about getting the money from him?

He took $17000 to finish my basement but only got the framing and electrics done and some plumbing.

Plumbing and electrics had to be ripped out and redone. My basement was completed by another contracting co at a cost of $13000.

Any suggestions welcomed.

Why would you say you can't garnish his wages?

This is one of the options that you can do, or put a writ on his personal property, or on his home.


Samantha Glass

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Linda in Canada
Date/Time1/15/2014 at 4:27:49 AM

Oh, it's really sad to hear that your basement work is still pending. More surprising is that you have paid him almost everything.

I suggest you could consult a lawyer who looks into construction claims.

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Craig from Ceara Kitchens in Newmarket
Date/Time5/4/2014 at 9:45:30 PM

This response is to Mary of Satok Terrace in Scarborough. Unfortunately in this day and age there are no facilities nor mediators to step in when renos go sideways. Some people cope with the stress differently and panic then point the finger and thus the contractor feels cornered.

There are always two sides to the story/situation and in the case of Mary on Satok Terrace, I Craig Rae did my best. We did many many extras for free during the job. A permit was not the option which Mary wanted to take even though my company dealt with successfully a load bearing wall on her main floor to open up the kitchen (and took on the liability).

I am not a contractor that quotes a price and changes the price mid way through. To my own fault I have a great difficulty in approaching customers for extras whilst uncovering "hidden surprises" in a project. This is the full truth and I have many many happy clients over the past 25 years to prove my worthyness and workmanship.

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Tracey in Gatineau
Date/Time10/3/2014 at 12:49:32 PM

I have a similar story, however I did not hire the contractor. He went to the wrong address and removed my front steps, walkway and destroyed my landscaping. He offered to do the job, we refused. He even went ahead and put up forms for concrete knowingly at the wrong address without permission, we were out of town.

We are now having a very difficult time trying to understand why we have to go to court for this. We went through the BBB process what he offered did not even cover the estimate for the steps. They deemed that he made a good faith effort. I am disillusioned by this whole situation.

Anyone have advice other then going to court, what can we do?

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Sayed in Toronto
Date/Time10/8/2014 at 11:31:43 AM

I too hired a bad contractor for painting and being too trusting am paying the price for it...just wanted to warn anyone in future.

He advertises on sites like kijiji and works half a day and then he vanishes so does the phone number and the email id.

He took $675 from us as advance and has vanished. He did give a signed invoice but without Id proof I am sure it is of no use.

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Brian in Brampton
Date/Time7/31/2015 at 11:19:44 AM

I had a bad experience with a contractor. He did my roof but it was leaking when it was done. He turned off his phone and never came to fix it. His phone is now out of service. He never replied to any of my emails either. He said he does decks and fences as his main job. Beware of him. At first he seems like a very genuine guy. This fooled me. He is just a crook and a bad roofer. He gave me a business card that only had his phone number and "Northern attitue" on it.

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Wade in Regina
Date/Time8/12/2015 at 9:43:47 AM

After reading the many posts on this website I decided to join this community. My wife and I live in Regina SK. My story is the same as others on the board, bad contractors taking the money and running away.

The first contractor "Remarkable Renovations" was hired to repair my home caused by ice damming. He received $13,500 start up costs.

He sent acouple of guys to my home. They hammer a nail and sawed a board, showed up for work / didn't show up for work. Tried contacting this guy for about a week to two weeks with no response back, even went to his home he wouldn't answer the door. I fired him.

Contacted SGI my insurer, they said there was nothing they could do. I found out later that this was not a correct statement but then told me that it would be to much paperwork involved but we could talk later on this.

Fast forward. Hired L. Hein Construction, he appeared to be a professional honest young man. He started the project and completed around 75%, received various progess payments thru my insurer and to date is paid in full.

He almost finished the project, then suddenly no one is around to complete the project. Made phone calls - no answer. Sent texts - no answer, then eventually we received a text with promises to finish the work and other BS. No one showed up.

So my wife and I are now burdened with having to hire new contractors to finish off the remaining 25% and make repairs to sections of work already completed becaus it is of poor quality and finish.

Thats the story in short order, there is much more. We are exploring our legal options.

This city and province must enact laws to protect homeowners from contractors like this. My wife and I are willing to work with others in this province to help make that a reality.

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Jon in Regina
Date/Time10/1/2015 at 4:43:14 AM

We are also in Regina, SK and had a contractor leave in the middle of a job and left us with the expense of getting everything fixed. I agree with Wade in that there needs to be better laws and more active support for Homeowners who have been scammed! These bad contractors are criminals and should be dealt with as such. Regina seems to be a city where everyone's brother is a contractor so they do not appear to be very active against contractor fraud.

For the good contractors out there and other homeowners who have not experienced a bad contractor, bad contractors affect your neighbourhoods and businesses as well. We had a lot of plans for a slightly neglected house that was in a good neighbourhood. After our traumatizing experience with our bad contractor we now do not hire anyone or spend any money on our house unless it's an emergency and have all but given up on our plans.

There needs to be stronger enforcement against contractor fraud, better support for homeowners, and stricter laws.

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Purple in North Saanich
Date/Time11/12/2015 at 11:34:35 AM

We are from North Saanich, BC and had a contractor leave in the middle of a job and left us with the expense of getting everything fixed.

Later we found that he had bad history and several customers facing this issue from CBC news:

We are screwed.

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Eric in Regina
Date/Time3/2/2016 at 1:42:08 PM

This happened to us.

Send me your personal experience and photos and I'll add it to the site.

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Max in Toronto
Date/Time5/25/2016 at 12:57:25 PM

There is nothing illegal and no crime in choosing the lowest quote. Home owners should never feel that just because someone is charging higher prices that they must be better at what they do. There is nothing wrong with wanting to get the most fair and reasonable price possible for your project. That does not give any contractor the right or excuse to scam you, do less quality work, abandon the project, etc. If you shop for a tv, brand XXX and model #XXX, you will find all kinds of different prices from various places for the same TV. No different in the service industry, some people have lower overhead, lower costs so they can afford to charge less. Also you DON'T ever need to pay anything upfront to a contractor, nobody else in society gets paid BEFORE work is done, we all get paid at the end of the week AFTER we have done the work or put the time in, not before. Any contractor who says he needs money upfront for materials is someone who has no established accounts with suppliers and that's a huge RED FLAG. But offer to buy the materials yourself. If he still insists on money upfront, run, don't give a dime. Any reputatble contractor will allow you to pay progress payment (not time payments), but certain % of money for certain % of work completed. Nobody should get paid for just showing up.

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Aj in Delta
Date/Time9/12/2016 at 3:28:55 PM

I have been dealing with a similar situation here. My contractor disappeared after half of the work. He was working on resurfacing stucco walls of my house. The unfinished work is very substandard and every other contractor I have talked to says it's hard to finish this job because of the way he has done the base coat. This is nothing but scam and laws should be made so that these types of things don't happen.

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