Chesterfield girl out $11,000 after hiring contractor who left renovation job incomplete

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — A lady in Chester desires to warn others after she misplaced hundreds of {dollars} after hiring a contractor who failed to finish the job.

Pam Worner has lived in her dwelling for seven years, and renovating her porch and deck was the final dwelling enchancment challenge she wished to do, to actually really feel ‘at dwelling.’

In line with Worner, she employed Graham’s One Name Handyman Companies greater than two months in the past.

At present, the underside of the porch and the deck continues to be not completed. The steps have lacking items. Nails are on the bottom and are protruding of the deck, surrounded by holes.

Chesterfield girl out ,000 after hiring contractor who left renovation job incomplete
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“It’s a large number. It’s a little bit of a large number,” Worner stated.

Worner additionally has lifeless patches of grass in her yard from supplies sitting within the spots too lengthy.

“I needed to choose it up. I’ve simply piled it right here to get it out of the way in which when the garden man got here,” stated Worner.

She stated the PVC pipe underneath the deck is damaged. It’s nonetheless connected electrically, however she now has to restore the pipe.

Worner advised 8News that her aunt’s actual property company really helpful her to rent a particular firm. When a consultant of the corporate got here out to have a look at her property, she didn’t just like the quote as a result of she believed it had too many added charges. There have been two males who labored for the corporate and Worner ended up hiring a kind of males as an alternative for a decrease payment.

8News has obtained the contract signed by Worner. She signed with Graham’s One Name Handyman Companies on Might 2. She agreed to pay $13,000 whole. That very same day, she put down a deposit for $8,000. The final fee of $5,500 could be paid when the job was full.

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In line with Worner, the proprietor stated he’d been experiencing bodily accidents. At one level he even stated he had an abscessed tooth and went lacking for a few days.

She stated she despatched extra money whereas he was within the hospital and on different events, which totaled $11,000.

“That is very miserable,” Worner stated. “I’m very annoyed. We had a contract and he he didn’t honor the vast majority of the contract.”

She thought all the things was positive throughout demolition, and opinions of the proprietor’s work was good. Nevertheless, she stated he finally disappeared with out ending.

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Worner advised 8News that she saved texting him however he stopped responding.

The proprietor’s enterprise card lists a telephone quantity with an 804 space code and a hyperlink his private Fb web page. 8News tried to name the quantity and obtained a message indicating that nobody may get by and that the particular person was not accepting calls.

In line with Worner, the proprietor stopped by earlier this week and picked up his instruments in a single day whereas she was sleeping.

“Simply beware if you’re hiring any person and do your due diligence,” Worner stated.

After giving up, she has employed one other enterprise to finish the job.

In line with the Higher Enterprise Bureau (BBB), in a house enchancment rip-off, the contractor might supply a low worth or a brief timeframe. Dwelling house owners ought to be careful for prime upfront funds, on-site inspections and cash-only offers.

Specialists counsel that residents test that the enterprise has correct licensing, identification and insurance coverage.