We found this guy advertising on Kijiji that he can install decks, patios and complete basements. His name is Carlo Calderone.
We entered into a contract with him to complete a deck, fence, back and front yard stone patio, flower garden (both in front and back yard) and to complete our basement.
He gave us a quote for all the work which was extraordinary. We all agreed to the pricing. He wrote up the contract, we signed it and gave him a substantial amount of money as a deposit.
His contract indicated that the work would be completed by May 15, 2010. It is now July 13, 2010 and the work is not even half way done.
He ripped out all the grass in our backyard and laid the screening down for the patio stones and that's it. We have not been able to use our backyard all summer.
He put up the deck, but still has to sand it and stain it. The lights he installed still need to be wired so they are functional.
He made my wife purchase plants for the flower garden and they have been sitting there waiting to be planted - a few of them have died already. This cost was above and beyond the contract price.
He also agreed to complete the fence to separate my house from my two neighbours. Both my neigbours have dogs and cannot use the back yard because the fence is not completed - he only put up the posts but that's it.
Every time we call him he always gives an excuse why he can't come or promises he will be there the next day or that afternoon. My wife and I will wait for him and then he never shows up. He never even calls.
My daughter tried calling him on our behalf because we are tired of his lies and he started yelling and swearing at her. He said he needed a week to complete the work. I doubt he will show up.
He secured 3 other jobs in our neighbourhood and they are all in the same situation - an incomplete job. He took our money and left.
If you look up his company name, there are several complaints about the same issues. His rating with the BBB is "F" due to these complaints.
Do not use this company. He gives you a great price that truly unbeatable. He starts the job but doesn't finish it. By then it's too late becasue he's taken most of your money.