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By: Elizabeth G.
J B Harris & Co Inc
A nightmare , Josh Harris is only licensed to repair roofs . He lacks the basic skills required of a general contractor . We found him to be unethical, deceptive, and a fraud. He misrepresented his ability and skills and lied to us about projects he claimed to have done .He consistently billed us for items and work he did not perform.
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By: Cecilia E.
Waterford Homeowners Association
Can someone post hours of operation? I have been trying to reach the office for the past week, at all hours with no luck. Not even vmail to leave a message
By: honestreviews00101
Fox Restoration
They do not use supply their Employee's with Materials, Tools, needed to complete the job! Their crews consist of 1 or 2 Sub-Contractors. They had request payments but the work was not completed. We had their employee's walk off the job, due to Non Payment or late payments. A contract for a 3 week job took over 3 months and to date, is not completed. I am writing this review based on what happened to US, they requested more cash but we did not do it. We will never use them again, they are Sales People and took on jobs they could not handle. Shame on taking advantage of the our kindness, quick to take the cash but not to send out employee's. I have so many pictures, where the floor still needs to be fixed, they have not completed the job. I strongly encourage you to not make any payments until the job is complete. I strongly encourage you to have a contract that states they can not request additional money. No Sub Contractors, can place any lien because of non payment. I would make sure they use People in the trade then family members, people who they drop off with no car and have worked for the Company for 3 days. I have lots of pictures.
By: sandralev
Troys Contracting
If there were a zero stars I would have chosen that. This company is a fly by night group of incompetent people. They were contracted to put a new roof including new wood, shingles and venting on my house. They undercut the wood by 12 inches forcing rain water to go into the soffits and after 24 months we had black mold everywhere in the attic. They said they would fix it, went so far as to get a bond with our Village and never showed up to do the work. We tried to sell the house and lost 3 sets of buyers waiting for them to redo their work. We would have a difficult time suing them, they are not listed as a bonafide company in Illinois. Live and Learn but thought we'd put the word out so no one else has this problem.
Tips & Advices
If there is ever a dispute regarding payment over the course of the project, a contractor or subcontractor could place a payment claim, or lien, on your property. To avoid this, ask the contractor to sign a lien release, which is a legal agreement that states that any payment accepted is final. This can come in handy if a contractor has his or her own payment issues with their subcontractors. Signing a lien release form certifies that any payment made by a client to the contractor is enough to pay for any goods or services rendered.
Absolutely ask. Paying too much up front offers the homeowner minimal leverage if the quality of work does not meet expectations or contractual specifications. Try to establish a reasonable pay schedule, such as paying 10 percent of the total cost for each 10 percent of the work that is completed. Include this payment plan in the contract, as well.
Before any money changes hands, there should be a contract to sign. Make sure the specifics of the work and all costs are listed in the contract, including details. If you forget to have something included in the contract after signing it, there's rarely a chance of recourse.
Ask the contractor for proof of their certification before signing anything, as well as their proof of insurance. You should also check your homeowners insurance policy to see if they offer coverage for contracted work. You may want to call your insurance provider and ask for more details on what your plan will and won't cover.
Yes. Plans for how the work site will be cleaned at the end of each day as well as at the conclusion of work need to be put in writing. An experienced general contractor should make every effort to keep the workspace clean and prevent dirtying or damaging any other area. Even so, talk with the contractor about the daily schedule, the logistics of transporting workers and equipment, and how cleanup will be handled.

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