Difficulties with contractors leave s...

Difficulties with contractors leave some homes in unlivable conditi...

There are 37 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Aug 29, 2010, titled Difficulties with contractors leave some homes in unlivable conditi.... In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

The Wray home addition features new windows and patio doors that currently lead to nowhere.

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Senor Peligro

Chillicothe, OH

#2 Aug 29, 2010
One guideline not mentioned is the number of illegals on the crew. If a builder is willing to screwover thousands of his fellow countrymen to save a few bucks, he's certainly willing to screwover one fellow countryman to cheat to the tune of thousands of dollars.
Buyer

Columbus, OH

#3 Aug 29, 2010
beware comes for some too late.
Disgusted

Columbus, OH

#4 Aug 29, 2010
Dear Central Ohio Contractors,
We have called SEVEN of you, seeking an estimate for work we know will run us 10-15K. Apparently, you must already be rolling in money and work since FIVE of you do not even bother to return phone calls. The other TWO, well, you courteous enough to stop by and take a look. But neither of you have sent us your promised proposal nearly three weeks later. Wow. What a great way to do business.
If the job is too small, TELL US instead of jerking us around. I am beginning to think you are all first rate @ssholes that have no idea how to run a business.
Sincerely,
Disgusted Customer

PS. Get it together and hire someone to answer your phone/schedule estimates. Is it really that difficult?
Indeed

United States

#5 Aug 29, 2010
Never, ever, hire a general contractor. Do a little research and hire all contractors directly, yourself.

- Or, another thing you can do is demand a breakdown of the work by subcontractor and write two-party checks for specific phases of the work, one to the general contractor and one to the plumber, for example.
Indeed

United States

#6 Aug 29, 2010
Disgusted wrote:
Dear Central Ohio Contractors,
We have called SEVEN of you, seeking an estimate for work we know will run us 10-15K. Apparently, you must already be rolling in money and work since FIVE of you do not even bother to return phone calls...
If they don't return your phone calls, go with someone else. It's a bad sign.
Hire immigrants

United States

#7 Aug 29, 2010
Hire immigrants, they actually show up every day and do the work. Americans are lazy and FAIL!
Gordon Shumway

United States

#8 Aug 29, 2010
Maybe I missed it... but since a lawsuit has been filed, it should be "public record". Why doesn't the Dispatch or the Wrays announce who the Contractor is so that others do not fall into this person's trap?
Court Watcher

Pickerington, OH

#9 Aug 29, 2010
The contractor is Don Zeis of Pickerington judging from info available on Angie's list and the Franklin County Clerk of Courts website.

http://fcdcfcjs.co.franklin.oh.us/CaseInforma...
Court Watcher

Pickerington, OH

#10 Aug 29, 2010
The contractor is Don Zeis of Pickerington judging from info available on Angie's list and the Franklin County Clerk of Courts website. Look up either Peter Wray or Don Zeis.

http://fcdcfcjs.co.franklin.oh.us
Daveh

Reynoldsburg, OH

#11 Aug 29, 2010
Court Watcher wrote:
The contractor is Don Zeis of Pickerington judging from info available on Angie's list and the Franklin County Clerk of Courts website. Look up either Peter Wray or Don Zeis.
http://fcdcfcjs.co.franklin.oh.us
Yep, and Zeis just filed for bankruptcy. Wray's fight is over.
ralan

Nashport, OH

#12 Aug 29, 2010
Another red flag not mentioned is the price difference between highest and lowest bids...a variation of that much (between $140K and $107K) should mean either there isn't a true 'apples to apples' comparison of actual work needing done or the low bidder is understating to get the business and will increase the price during the construction.
The Happy Crab

Daytona Beach, FL

#13 Aug 29, 2010
I believe that they should have Uncle Guido pay this crook a "social visit".

Since: Jun 10

Canal Winchester, OH

#14 Aug 29, 2010
Go to HGTV and watch Holmes on Holmes. He's from Canada. Seems they have the same problems up there, but he tries to make things right for the worst cases.
If dealing with a contractor:
Get your lawyer to put together an iron-clad contract.
See the licences and certificates. Check the BBB, Angies List, and ALL references you can find.
Find out what permits you need, and the see if he shows up with them.
Make your contractor show up with his company name and phone number painted on the vehicles. Subcontractors, too if you want.
Be sure YOU pay the subcontactors and suppliers. Make him give you the lists and bills.
Get your own inspector (many will give you a warranty when finished).
Don't even think about agreeing to an arbitration.
Keep in mind that there is money in real estate - and where there is money you'll find the good, the bad, and the ugly.
There are good contractors out there, but you can't tell the real ones from the fakes.
Harry

Columbus, OH

#15 Aug 29, 2010
It is a shame that crooked shysters give us legitimate contractors a bad name.
A Sales Rep

Columbus, OH

#16 Aug 30, 2010
If enough horror stories can't make the case for manufactured housing, then nothing can. No errors. No delays. No problems. Simple one-stop shopping and a stable manufacturer you can rely upon. You order the home you can see and they take it from there. Why anyone would hire a home builder after this and other horror storeis is beyond me.
Redflags

Columbus, OH

#17 Aug 30, 2010
First off they had a guy under-cutting the standard qoute so large it had to be a dream... Sure they questioned it but come on!
Cheaper is not better and it looks as if he got what he paid for... A garbage contractor that played the numbers game and got his money!

Large RED FLAG and low cost blinded them!

Hope everyone else can learn from this guys demise.
John Blutarsky

Columbus, OH

#18 Aug 30, 2010
Daveh wrote:
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Yep, and Zeis just filed for bankruptcy. Wray's fight is over.
Then it should become a criminal case. Felony theft.
Telmark

Weed, CA

#19 Aug 30, 2010
Ten to one says this con-tractor never bothered to get the work permits required by the County.

Otherwise, the County would've placed an "inhabitable" status on this house by now.

The sad thing is that many Counties have more stringent licensing requirements for hair dressers then they do for general contractors.
holy crap

Columbus, OH

#21 Sep 3, 2010
Maybe the first thing I will do from now on is look at the past and pending cases against a contractor prior to hiring one.

This guy has a lot going on....
mad too

Reynoldsburg, OH

#22 Oct 11, 2010
he's moving this week-end ..... hmmmmmm

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