Ripped off by a building contractor...

@sbeauty (5870)
United States
October 21, 2006 8:47am CST
We recently built a new home using a national building company which provides the plans and basic materials to build your house. We built this house long distance, so we didn't have as much control as we should have had. Occasionally our general contractor would call us and ask things like, "I have a great whirlpool tub which I can give you for a good price. Do you want it?" We also did some upgrades such as Pella windows instead of the cheap ones that came with the package. Anyway, we have now learned that when we didn't take the materials we had paid for that were part of the package and bought something else instead, we were never credited for these items by the company rep. This amounted to several hundred dollars, and now we're having to hire a lawyer to fight to get back what is rightfully ours.
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@Asylum (48058)
• Manchester, England
29 Nov 06
This has become a common concern over the previous few years. There are so many traders that make easy money by either overcharging or simply providing a shoddy service that it is worrying when trying to find someone to do work for you. It is no longer safe to pay high prices to use a large established business, as has been shown on the various TV programs that uncover such practises. I always have reservations where building work is concerned.
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@sbeauty (5870)
• United States
29 Nov 06
Unfortunately, our son in law is involved in this problem. He was our general contractor who had worked with this other firm before. He said they were great. However, since we've since learned that he's as crooked as they are, we realize we should never have trusted him, either. It's sad when you can't trust your daughter's husband.
@baysmummy (1638)
• Australia
1 Dec 06
wow, Seriously i hear of stories of this happening so often you would think there would be something that can be done so it stops! I just read down and saw that your son inlaw is also involved in this wow that is terrible, How does your daughter feel about this? Seriosuly what is the world coming to when your own family members set you up to get ripped off.
@usmcsgtwife (4997)
• United States
30 Nov 06
Oh My I hope that everything works out for your guys, thats sad what some people do
@beckyomg1 (6758)
• United States
27 Nov 06
i know that a bunch of people can be ripped off by contractors i dont think that it is right, my hubby is a contractor selfemployed, and he goes above and beyond what the customer wants.it is sad that there are so many dishonest ones out there
@rracers89 (3246)
• United States
26 Nov 06
You have to be very carefull and check them out really well before you hire them they can be real dirt bags that take your monet and run, we check the better business burea before we hired our and got refrenses