About this pro
Let me start off by saying that I made the mistake of not doing my homework about David and his company. He came to give me a quote on a catch basin that I initially wanted to have put in because my garage was taking in water. He gave me a quote and immediately started to up sale me on his other services. In hindsight I should have looked at that as a red flag but I ignored it. Jack of all trades master of nothing. He came to install my catch basin a couple of weeks later. This is a significant point because this job started back in the latter part of November. Today is the 8th of February. On December 6th 2015 David sent me an itemized list of repairs that he would make per my request with each task priced out. All of this is documented via email. We agreed to the price and the work was to start shortly there after. Keep in mind he was already paid for the installation of the catch basin. There was an additional cost that he made me aware of prior to any work being done. I said no problem lets get it done. Besides his son, who seems to be a really nice guy I believe he subcontracts his work. He had someone come out with him and install base boards in the garage. A couple of days later they were already bowing. He stated that he was paid to install them but we would have to caulk and patch them ourselves. OK... Several times (4) to be exact...Dave was suppose to show up and work on my house. On those 4 separate occasions after I had rearranged my schedule to accommodate the work he NEVER showed up. Furthermore he didn't have enough respect for me to give a courtesy call that for whatever reason he couldn't make it. I'm a business owner myself, I should have listened to my wife and fired him then. On Christmas Eve when I should have been enjoying the holiday, I was ankle deep in muddy water in the back of my garage coincidentally where David installed the catch basin. David is very good about deflection. He has an answer as well as an excuse for everything. Its never his fault, keep this in mind. The reason for muddy water in my garage per David was there was some rotted wood in the front where water was seeping in and that my gutters were overflowing. The problem with that theory is, I've lived in my house for 15 years and at no point in time in 15 years have I ever accumulated that much water and to that degree in my garage. It just so happened that it got that bad after David installed my catch basin. On Christmas Eve, I contacted Dave along with pictures about the issue. He stated it had nothing to do with the work he performed. After several trips to Home Depot for sand bags to stop the influx of water and a couple of hours with my wet vac I just gave up. David said he would be there the following day to assess the situation. Of course that never happened. This is the domino effect with David. He commits to showing up and doesn't. Had he showed up to complete the repair on my gutters as he stated, I might not have had as much water in my garage but I doubt it because there was more work in the yard to do. David showed up a few days later and dug up my yard once again. This time he dug the trench deeper and extended the pipe. It rained several days later and much to my surprise no water in the garage this time. The job was completed correctly the second time around. I'm a very patient and diplomatic person and I understand we all make mistakes, I just feel we should own those mistakes. I informed David that no water had made it into the garage and I decided to let it go and move on. David started to repair the drywall in my kitchen. I'm going to give credit where its due. I was pleased with the work he performed in the kitchen. Besides the dust which in most instances would be miniscule but I bring it up because it has relevance to my point of his professionalism. The kitchen ceiling looks good! David installed laminate flooring in my dining room and foyer it looks pretty good. A quarter of the way into the work, David asked for an advance. I will NEVER advance another contractor money for services not rendered. David got my check and disappeared for a few days. This was truly the beginning of the end. Not only does he work on his schedule, he felt that you should be happy for him to show up because as he would say, he's helping you out and you get the impression that he feels as if he's doing you a favor. I had to remind Dave several times that all of this was a time sensitive situation because I needed to get my house up on the market. Barring bad weather because Dave agreed to paint my house on several different occasions, the repairs needed were sporadic. Every time he made a repair, something additional came up. There were additional challenges for Dave, and I was very understanding. What I refused to waiver on, was the lack of his word and his character that its his business and he's doing you a favor attitude. As David was laying down a tack strip, some how my ceramic tile was chipped in said area where David was laying the tack strip. His response is that I should have a transition there. Guess it was my fault. My alarm was disconnected and when he couldn't repair it after several attempts I had to call my alarm company to fix the problem. It was a mistake , but yet again, it had nothing to do with him even though the technician explained to me exactly what he had done. The (extras) is where he calls himself helping you out and doing you a favor and saving you money when in reality I could have saved myself some headache and time by just hiring someone else. I actually had the audacity to refer him to two of my friends which I now very much regret. He continued to ask for advances, and he continued to receive advances, he need to make payroll, he need money for other jobs. Who does this??? Again, when he didn't get an early check he wasn't showing up. Almost as if your repairs were being held hostage. Now I find myself with work that has yet to be completed. My yard looks worse now then it did before the day he showed up. Thats because of all of the debris and extra trash that he has left. He left with a kitchen window partially framed (extra) as well as the back door where he broke the alarm partially framed. There was a mound of drywall debris left in the back of my garage and all over my equipment...(no drop cloths) and paint still on the garage floor that he spilled. There is paint still on my windows because instead of taping them off he would rather paint the entire thing and then scrape after the fact. I wouldn't have a problem with it if he just completed the job. My wife and and I have spent the last 4 days cleaning up after David and all of his messes. After all of this I said, just be a man of your word and finish what you started. Unfortunately its just not in him. Materials that I paid for are probably being used on another job that he has taken with a bigger paycheck.... My overall experience with Dad's Construction, has not been a favorable one. On a scale of 1-10 David gets a solid 8/9 on drywall work that he actually completes. He left in the middle of my job and hasn't returned. Installation of the floors I'll give him a 7. More importantly than any of the work, his work ethic and customer service gets a BIG FAT ZERO He cares nothing about his clients and is only chasing the check. If anyone thinks about hiring this guy, make sure he doesn't get a dime until the work is done and completed to your satisfaction. Everything I've stated is factual and I have all of the communication and pictures to document my case when I file suit for theft by deception. He was paid and services to completion have not been rendered. His last words to me and I quote " Yeah go ahead sure to tell how much money I saved you beside not to mention anything good just all the bad so called he looked at door and wall overb ite I just messing with you little bit threats don't bother me at all" end quote...all of that was his response to should I submit my thumbtack review today. (Not sure what to make of that) Not the way you deal with customers unless your Dad's Construction I guess For me its the principle of the matter. When you say you're going to do something, its very simple to just do it. Now I'm left with additional work and unnecessary wasted time and money that I'll spend in court.Feb 9, 2016VerifiedDavid L.'s reply
to make a long story short he ran out of money he fails to mention how much money I saved him it is very funny how people change over money if you do things for free it is all good but when you don't do things for free this is the kind of shit they say to be there that long some thing was right this is what I get for caring
David did work in out kitchen. The work was outstanding job in our kitchen and he made sure we were totally satisfied. Great job. Keep up the good work. LarryNov 28, 2015Verified
he recommended a subcontractor that was a drunk and was a very messy employee shoddy workNov 15, 2015Verified
Dave did a terrific job smoothing out the texture off my ceiling. Very easy to work with and quick. Great job with the clean up afterwards also.Nov 7, 2015Verified
Very happy with David's work! He took his time to do it right, knowledgeable and competitive prices. I would highly recommend him!Oct 19, 2015Verified
- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?NO I TAKE EACH JOB FOR WHAT IT IS, TRY TO GIVE THE COUSTOMER WHAT THEY WANT. IT IS NOT JUST ABOUT THE MONEY WITH ME I GET MOORE ENJOYMENT OUT OF MAKING SOMEONE HAPPY THEN I DO MAKING A DOLLAR.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?listen to them and help them through there project and not to worry about the job we will take care of any unexpected changes and let them know it is ok to change things if they want.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?35 years on the job training. as a kid I worked with my dad and I did not like having to get up so early but I had to go and the things I learned over the years I use them everyday and I love what I do thanks DAD .