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bad stucco contractor L.I N.Y

Posted by piscopo (My Page) on
Fri, Aug 6, 10 at 12:31

just a warning to anyone in the new york long island area.
stay clear of otto melendez from new island stucco a.k.a new island consruction....
he falsely represented himself as a lic contractor, showed me someone's else lic and said it was his partner, ( not true, found that out in court. ) his work was poor, i had to show him how things should look, i have been in the construction business for 20 years as a sales person and have an idea how things shold look.
he has a great personalatiy before the contract signing, then changes quiet rapidly to arogit and disrespectfull.
he wants to do things his way only and refuses to listen to the customer, he threats to leave the job at a drop of a hat. long story short i had to take him to court and get a judgement against him and his wife ( partner ).
with no assests to go after im looking at a house thats half done and 14k in work left to complete. he front loaded the job to get most of his money up front by starting multiple phases of the work so he can charge me for material and labor.

word to the wise, let the contractor start and finish ea phase before paying him to much up front.

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RE: bad stucco contractor L.I N.Y

Here we go again. Sign on gardenweb for the first time especially to bad mouth a contractor. You allowed yourself to be duped into paying for work up front. Always insist on references and then check them out personally.

RE: bad stucco contractor L.I N.Y

Those who do poor work should be trashed.
Those, a majority of contractors, should receive free advertising by their good works.
Always have three references....Good contractors will have no trouble with this.

RE: bad stucco contractor L.I N.Y

Shoddy work is the fault of the contractor who did it, as is the lack of proper licensing, etc. A homeowner may be too easily duped to one degree or another but they didn't do the shoddy work or force the contractor to not get a license.

I worked with a consumer organization in the past and blaming the victim is popular but misguided. Consumers doing research on companies are often dismayed to learn--after the fact--that they didn't get a very accurate picture from places like state agencies, BBB, ratings sites, and the like. The sad fact is, many complaints are never public information. Everyone assumes that all you have to do is check a website or make a call and you'll find out all you need to know. NOT. Some state laws even require complaints to be confidential, and the BBB is under fire for a pay to play rating system by both consumers and businesses who find it inaccurate and unfair.

When someone posts to warn people about a bad experience, they're doing others a favor. Even if that's the sole reason they initially registered on a site.

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