I entered into a contract with Par-tek Construction 1 year ago after finding the contractor using this very site. The reviews were good and his responses by e-mail or phone were quick. We signed an agreement to begin wprk on converting a carport into a garage, for design work and the permit, and I made several payments. Due to various delays no work was completed other than getting a permit, and construction was pushed to the spring.
This is where my problems began to get worse. Not getting anything built per our original timeline was a setback, but I was still confident in the contractor. Andrew (who is owner) still seemed willing to complete the work, but continually delayed the start. First it was pushed to March, then May, and when we finally seemed close to starting, he abruptly terminated our arrangement. He said we did not have a signed contract for this part of the work, and specifically "Get somebody else to build your garage." My mistake was trusting him on his word and paying more than what was outlined initially to continue the work.
Obviously this left me in a tough spot. No work has started, and I was out the several thousand dollars I paid him for essentially the promise of work to come. My attempts to get a refund were not met well. His response to me was to claim that his costs were mysteriously much higher than what I had paid. So much in fact that I now owed HIM money! There was no mention of these mystery costs prior to my request, nor any dollar values provided.
There are all kinds of words to describe a man like this, but I'm not interested in venting. I hope my story guides you to a better contractor than I found.