Friday, August 26, 2005

The cost of doing business...

I have come to the conclusion that anyone who has found a good contractor has won the lottery. Everyone save 1 person I know, has contractor nightmare stories. Even attorneys have nightmare stories.

Here are some things I wish I knew, based on my research:

American Contractors Indemnity Company vs David Vern Exline an individual and dba Three Little Pigs Construction; Janice Exline. Complaint for:

  • Breach of Contract
  • Indemity
  • Common Count
  • Account Stated
My favorite line from this lawsuit is as follows:
7. "Thereafter, various claims and lawsuits arose and were made against the bonds described in Exhibit 2, because of Defendants' violations of the applicable provisions of the California Business and Professions Code"

Michael Boyajian vs. Dave Exline and Janice Exline
  • currently in litigation for non payment of legal services
Dulce Marrs vs. Dave Exline dba Three Little Pigs Constrcution
  • Insurance company settled construction defect lawsuit for $40,000 to Dulce Marrs
Roger and Jeannie Hunt
  • Dismissed Dave Exline from project prior to finish
Craig and Kathy Bonelli
  • Indicated that they would never work with Dave Exline again.
Dan Conner Plumbing vs. Dave Exline dba Three Little Pigs
  • Small claims Dave Exline refused to pay for plumbing work. Three Little Pigs Construction prevailed in this small claims action
Thorne weaving barn
  • Would not have Tim Exline work on their place.
This seems to be the cost of doing business with some contractors. They do not seem to care that they impact peoples lives. They always hide behind "its a business" after they sell you on them building your dream. Contractors by and large, refuse to be pinned down by dates or costs. Why? I really do not know.

When they turn your dream into a nightmare, they refuse to acknowledge it. They refuse to engage you in that discussion, it then becomes all about business.

If I never work with another contractor, it will be too soon. I plan to do my next blog from court in San Luis Obispo


Strawbale.home said...

I noticed that your house is not finished. Maybe some of all these problems are your fault?

Strawbale.home said...

Do you have a estimated completion date yet? Based on your recent entry, it sounds like your new contractor is not moving very fast, or given you firm dates. Is that true?

Lesliehm said...

Dave and Janice,

Maybe you should spend more time working on your clients projects(Bed and Breakfast) and less time worrying about what I am doing. But I see you have to be in court on 9/28, so I guess you had some free time.

See you at your next court date.