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By: Carol R.
Olson Brothers Co
I do not recommend using this company. Much of the work that they did for me was of poor quality and the bill padding was ridiculous, my "little project" which they said they like to take on took them 13 months to complete.When the blown in insulation was finally done it wasn't drying so they billed me to bring a propane blower in to warm the house so insulation would dry. Then I had to rent an electric heater and pay an electrician to hook it up. If they would have finished this in early summer it would have been a non issue for drying.Their was very little supervision or oversight from owners and communication botched multiple times with their crew, window openings at wrong height. Footings not placed in correct positions so the new concrete floor was broken up to pour an additional footing. I was billed for this mistake as well. They placed the house on a new foundation and budgeted for supporting the structure. ( the floors are collapsing in many areas) Their drywall sub contractor man broke through the floor and I was billed for the repair. The bead board ceiling which I did approve the material. I'm not a contractor I had no idea that the quality of the install would be so poor.The installation looks like a patch work quilt with gaps and uneven butting up. There is no logical way to fix this except a tear outI recommend that you find a company that is more interested in doing a good job and not adding line after line of additional items that weren't included in the contract.The contract initially seemed ok until I realized that they can twist ever line to " well we can do that for an additional charge" please check out the BBB for more specifics on this company.
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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