I thought I’d written about how excited we were to get our boathouse torn down and rebuilt, but can’t find it. Maybe it’s just FB posts. 🙂 Well, it began in September of 2018, and now it’s June of 2019. We do not have a workable boat house. I am grateful the old structure is safely down. The storms we had in the fall and spring could easily have blown pieces off damaging property or life.
Pic left is before work began in September 2018.
It was okay that no work took place during the winter and early spring because we weren’t using the boathouse or dock. But as spring moved on, the builder did not come back. I called, I texted, I emailed. NOTHING. I just needed to hear from him. Anything. He was sick. Family members were sick. He was too busy to finish the job. He’d died. Of course, someone else would’ve had to tell me that. 😊
Work continued in October 2018
But NOTHING. Ultimately, I received the certified letter we’d sent him with the notice from the post office that it was unclaimed, and they’d not been able to forward.
Now this man had done a great job on fixing my concrete retaining wall and building an extra wall in the yard. As you can see from the pics, he took down the old structure and began laying the grid for the new floor of the boathouse. Then NOTHING!
This was taken, Wednesday, July 10, 2019.
So, I’m reporting him to the police. It’s called “Theft of Service.” I don’t really expect to get my money back. I was STUPID and paid him too much before a commensurate amount of work was completed. There’s a price to pay for stupidity. I do have some decking, but I’ve been told it’s not enough to cover the dock and boathouse floor. Being scrupulously fair, I guess I should use the term “alleged” theft of service. But I have the canceled checks and the work is not complete!
Primarily, I’m doing this to help protect others from being caught up by this man, who seemed soooo nice. If he walked up today and said I’m ready to finish the job, I’d probably let him. Wouldn’t give him the last part of the payment, but I’d let him finish the job. Remember, I was happy with the concrete work he’d done. I suspect this will be a lengthy process, and I’ll keep you posted. In the meantime, I’m looking for someone else to finish the boathouse and dock and have several good leads.
So, have you ever been taken in by a smooth-talking likable guy? In construction or otherwise? Love to hear from you.
Don’t forget the Christmas in July Fete is still going on. Great giveaways. Stop by and enter for a chance to win. Here’s the link to my post there. https://www.nnlightsbookheaven.com/single-post/2019/07/02/Truth-Be-Told-by-Marsharwest-ChristmasinJulyFete-giveaway-romanticsuspense-seasonedromance