I hired a contractor to paint the entire interior of my house. His name is Ricky Childers. He has owned no less than 4 businesses in the area since 2000 and it turns out he was working on my house on an expired (September 2014) license. On the first day I fired the roofer I had hired and Ricky came to me and told me he was also a roofer and would like the job, agreeing to do it at the same price I was given from the previous contractor. I will tell you now he did the best job roofing my house and I am 100% satisfied with the work. So we drew up a contract for the remaining work which included installing doors, painting all rooms, scraping all ceilings etc. This is where the problem began.
I made the mistake of trusting Ricky Childers as he used his minister to install my gutters and he seemed to be a man of his word. So on the second day of work, I paid him $13,000.00 cash which was the full price of the contract not including unforeseen problems in damages around doors and the roof. Two weeks later Janit paid him him an additional $1,500.00 for these incidentals. He began work on April 14, and walked off the unfinished job Monday of this week. Here is a copy of the contract and pictures of his quality of work.
His work as a painter and carpenter was terrible. He tried to hide mistakes, used kids and his wife to do a lot of the work rather than experienced labor. After talking to him about the lousy job he was doing I decided to seek dome advice. Bringing in two other contractors to look at his work they suggested that I not allow him to do any other work. This pissed Ricky off and he left one afternoon and just didn't return. He had started tearing out the old shower so I hired a handyman to come in and reinstall the old shower so as not to slow Ricky down. For that reason I paid him the $300.00. He did not install the Vanity I did, so he owed me the $75.00 he was paid. He did not install the Steam Shower so he actually owed me $550.00 back for that. He did not paint the Exterior doors and Windows so he owes me $1,200.00 back from that. He did not replace the rotted board over the fireplace, he just patched it. He did not haul off the trash when he walked off the job. He did not paint the Kitchen, or any of the cabinet doors. He did not stain the deck and he installed the sliding doors wrong and the 12' door actually fell out of the track and on to my foot which I was luckily wearing an air cast and it did not hurt my foot further. This happened because he did not install the brackets in the doors to hold them in place. I had to hire another man to come in and reinstall the 12' door I paid Ricky $650.00 to install.
He is a liar, a thief, and he needs to be exposed as such. I have given him the opportunity to return to make this job right but he has not returned. Therefore, If anyone knows who his Minister is I would appreciate knowing so I can send him a link to this also. Association with this business could hurt his business reputation. He took this job knowing he was going to have move furniture, boxes and anything else in his way as I was in an air cast. I could not help him and he knew this. Because of this man's use of unskilled labor, and poor work, I lost a lock on a VA loan at 3.75%. It has now gone to 4.125%. I appreciate it Ricky. 7 months to do 1/2 the job that should have only taken you a month or so to do.
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