Shady Contractor

Shady Contractor

PostBy: anthony7812 On: Fri Mar 08, 2013 6:49 pm

Called around to have windows installed.... first guy i called SHAAADDDYY. Oh yeah "thats my specialty" type talk you all know the type. Tell him Im not interested in his business. 3 weeks go by, come home from grocery shopping today and his pamphlet and business card is stuck in my door?! I live in Dushore and he is a contractor in Berwick about an hour at the minimum away. Called him up and told him i thought i made myself clear not interested. Should I be worried about this fella?
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Re: Shady Contractor

PostBy: dcrane On: Fri Mar 08, 2013 8:03 pm

be afraid...be VERY afraid :cry: ...I'm teasing you, If you have his name, number and Co. I'm sure its easy enough to look him up online and check him out (does he have a Lic. #?)
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Re: Shady Contractor

PostBy: Rob R. On: Fri Mar 08, 2013 8:17 pm

Maybe the guy is just hungry for business and was passing through?
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Re: Shady Contractor

PostBy: mozz On: Fri Mar 08, 2013 9:21 pm

Call him and tell him you will file a complaint with the State Attorney Generals office if he tries to contact you again. Tell him you consider it harassment. I'm gonna say a high percentage of these scammers will talk and talk and tell you everything you want to hear. Around here in the Pocono's, i would say that 50% do actual good work and use good materials. If you can't do it yourself, learn how and do it yourself.
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Re: Shady Contractor

PostBy: freetown fred On: Fri Mar 08, 2013 9:31 pm

Of course like Rob said he may of been in the area & just looking for more work. BUT--yes, check anybody out like mozz suggested. If I keep listening to a bunch of you guys, I might start locking my house up & not leaving my keys in my truck--- :clap: toothy Oh, that's right, I REALLY live in the sticks ;)
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Re: Shady Contractor

PostBy: coalkirk On: Fri Mar 08, 2013 9:45 pm

Sounds like you are over reacting. Someone up to no good doesnt leave their card and pamphlet in your door.
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Re: Shady Contractor

PostBy: Lightning On: Fri Mar 08, 2013 10:03 pm

Rob R. wrote:Maybe the guy is just hungry for business and was passing through?

Makes sense to me..
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Re: Shady Contractor

PostBy: titleist1 On: Fri Mar 08, 2013 10:08 pm

More than likely he was in the area quoting another job or working or passing through. Double check the info on the card to make sure it is real, but I doubt he would have left card with contact info if he was real bad news.

I have done similar stuff when I am in an area. If I have 1 appointment in an area I will call around to other contacts I have the days before to set other stuff up. Especially if I am driving 1 - 2 hours for the appt. With the price of gas I like to have more than 1 thing going on to get me to drive that far. I have my contact data base in my laptop so that I can search by city if I am somewhere and have an appointment cancel I can call around to try to fill the time.
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Re: Shady Contractor

PostBy: anthony7812 On: Fri Mar 08, 2013 10:29 pm

I guess i may be, but i informed him way back when i was not interested in his services... might have been to polite i guess. Just creeped me out a touch. :wtf:

Talking about doing it myself, Grandfather has given me nothing but hell since the wife and i decided to have our windows replaced. He built houses for 50+ years and thinks im nuts having someone else but me and him do 'em. I had to remind him we have a basement door to dig out and install, a deck to build, another bedroom to drywall... list goes on. He understood.
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Re: Shady Contractor

PostBy: Lightning On: Fri Mar 08, 2013 10:33 pm

anthony7812 wrote:but i informed him way back when i was not interested in his services... might have been to polite i guess. Just creeped me out a touch.

Go with your instinct, you can never be too careful..
Maybe he was hoping you would reconsider and hire him for the job.
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Re: Shady Contractor

PostBy: titleist1 On: Fri Mar 08, 2013 10:40 pm

anthony7812 wrote:I had to remind him we have a basement door to dig out and install, a deck to build, another bedroom to drywall... list goes on. He understood.


Surprised he didn't say...well that is only 3 weekends of jobs..... :lol:
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Re: Shady Contractor

PostBy: michaelanthony On: Sat Mar 09, 2013 12:35 am

If his address is on the card and you happen to be in his area, stick it in his door with your note! Also a chance to look at his handy work.
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Re: Shady Contractor

PostBy: Lightning On: Sat Mar 09, 2013 5:52 am

michaelanthony wrote:If his address is on the card and you happen to be in his area, stick it in his door with your note! Also a chance to look at his handy work.


OMG.. Thats awesome.. I bet he would get the point then!
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Re: Shady Contractor

PostBy: Richard S. On: Sat Mar 09, 2013 8:31 am

anthony7812 wrote: He built houses for 50+ years ...


Get Grandpa a couple of teenagers, a deck chair, a laser pointer and a pitcher of ice tea.... I know, he'll sit there for about two seconds and only becsue he needed to tie his boots. :lol:
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Re: Shady Contractor

PostBy: Richard S. On: Sat Mar 09, 2013 8:33 am

michaelanthony wrote:Also a chance to look at his handy work.


My experience has been that contractors houses are usually not all that great even if they do fantastic work.
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