09:50AM | 01/01/07
Member Since: 12/31/06
2 lifetime posts
We had our mobile home moved to Maine on October 19, 2006. Our intent was to hire someone to build an addition on to the existing structure increasing the living space from 12' x 60 to 24' x 60'.

The mobile home hauler said he had done this kind of work before and it would be an easy job to complete.

We gave him $3,000.00 of ours to purchase materials. Which he brought to our property, we also purchased roof trusses with the dimensions he submitted. (another $2,500)

However, winter was approaching and he didn't start on the job.

In the meantime, while we were waiting for the addition to begin- we hired a plumber to replace the rusted washer hookup.

We got talking and he said he was a "carpenter" before he became a plumber and we shouldn't have to wait for the other guy to start working since winter is upon us.

We said we couldn't just fire the original guy --so we called him and he admitted he had overbooked himself and to "go ahead" with our plan to get the project started.

Keeping in mind when the new contractor finally started the job, (4 or 5 days later) he and one other person used the materials that we already had bought and paid for here on the premises.

A couple of days went by and he came with 2 men, a woman he had working with him in the beginning of this project was not with him any longer. She was replaced by these two men.

At the beginning of our agreement we gave him $10,500.00 "Building 12


10:33AM | 01/01/07
Member Since: 04/25/05
1915 lifetime posts
You really need to contact a local attorney that is familar with construction law.

There are so many different requirements for contractor licensing or not, building codes or not, and state laws that someone needs to go over this with you and explain what your options are.


11:00AM | 01/01/07
Member Since: 12/31/06
2 lifetime posts
You are right, and I have just written a letter to an attorney here in town.

He was the lawyer we hired for the closing, when we purchased the property.

After "blowing off steam, I can think more clearly."

The only thing is, the locals who know this fellow, figure there is nothing left of our money and apparently even though we found him in the Yellow Pages he was virtually unemployed until we "suckers" came along.

It just isn't fair-- you know the expression "blood from a stone?"

It looks like we lose.
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