Stamped Concrete - Pro Vision Concrete - West End Concrete - GrandeFx Concrete - JP Grande [Alert]
It was my first dealing with any contractor and apparently mis-judgement and lack of due diligence on my part.
The guy is sweet talker and assures you of his skills and great work. Has named his company "Pro Vision Concrete and Construction" which can easily be confused with "Pro Concrete" or "ProVision Concrete" which are established businesses. This guy has no online presence. I did a search before giving him the job and nothing came up. But after he disappeared, I posted on facebook and in two hours one customer who was scammed in 2015 and one worker who was not paid for the work replied(I posted his picture).
Looks like he uses different business name each year.
He emailed me the contract so I don't really have an other paperwork from him. I did etransfers to him that I've proof of. He started the work in July and kept squeezing money from me everyday he showed up for work. One day at work and then he will disappear for days/weeks. I was in midst of mess and was hoping that he will eventually complete the job. Half way of the job.... his guy messed up the pour by stamping too early. I sent him the pictures next morning after washing the release powder and here you go..... this guy disappeared forever. Won't pick up my phone. Occasionally sends message via facebook with promises to come back to work and complete the job. This is end of October, already 4 months gone. No other contractor is willing to take over the job since it requires a lot of rework. DecoMax quoted me 52K to clean up the mess this guy created. I know I've very few options at this point in time and very little can be done to this guy in absence of a written and signed contract. I am posting this in hoping that if someone else does a search, hopefully this thread will come up to warn potential victim.
I've his picture and obviously the pictures of the mess that he left behind. Concrete in porch is already cracking. Unsealed driveway is full of tire marks and oil/coolent drops from my cars since I ran out of on-street parking exceptions allowed for the year. I am leaving it as-is and planning to have this ripped and redone in spring.
Any advice on to leash this thug will be appreciated.
Here is what I've;
Email copy - Statement of Work and Cost
All conversations via Facebook Messenger
His truck's number plate
All eTransfer Transactions Trails.
Hopefully it will help others to learn from my mistakes and never get any contractor without references and proper paperwork. Specially a very carefully crafted Payment Schedule.
Discovered two more business names this guy has been using [Thanks to Jim16950];
- West End Concrete
- GrandeFx Concrete
Some Examples of the Mess he left behind...