Quispamsis homeowners out thousands soon after selecting very same roofing contractor

Quispamsis homeowners out thousands soon after selecting very same roofing contractor

Nauwigewauk resident Peter Bourque wishes to warn some others about a roofing contractor in the Saint John place who has insisted on deposits from home owners, then not done the work.  

Bourque claimed he shed $3,000 immediately after Valley Roofing of Quispamsis did not do promised operate and now can not even be uncovered. 

Bourque went to Valley Roofing on the recommendation of a pal, who had hired the contractor just before. Bourque claimed he didn’t consider twice when the proprietor, Craig Schulz, requested a deposit prior to commencing get the job done on the roof. 

The do the job was anticipated to begin on Sept. 20 but was delayed simply because of rain. 

Right before extensive, it grew to become obvious the perform would not be going on any time before long, Bourque stated.

“It was a frequent collection of excuses. Ultimately, right after a though, he stated, ‘Listen, if I are not able to get there, I will just give you your funds back.'” 

The deposit was in no way returned, however, so Bourque went to compact promises court, exactly where his circumstance has not yet been made the decision.

“I are unable to get to him,” Bourque claimed of Schulz. “I have showed up at his home, I have emailed, texted, remaining voicemails, and no reaction.”

Bourque just isn’t the only house owner in the Saint John suburb who has lost revenue to Schulz and his business.

Two others who’ve resorted to compact statements courtroom due to the fact September mentioned they have long gone as a result of the exact same ordeal in the past yr.

Bourque linked with many citizens right after sharing a post on Facebook warning neighbours about the firm. In every case, the company unsuccessful to carry out the function soon after accepting deposits in the 1000’s of dollars. 

‘He was rather convincing’

Ryan Mclean of Quispamsis mentioned he lost $5,500, the deposit the home owner set down for a new roof from Schulz in mid-June. 

“At that time, he said he was accumulating the shingles. He was pretty convincing,” Mclean reported. “I failed to suspect anything at all for the reason that he experienced accomplished do the job for my brother just before.”

McLean has filed a scenario in small promises courtroom from the contractor.

If a contractor requirements the revenue up front to pay out for components, it signifies his money move is incredibly reduced, and that would be one more crimson flag.– Ron Hutton, New Brunswick Roofing Contractors Association

He has also requested Sheriff Solutions for help serving Schulz the assert paperwork, but the regional business office was not equipped to find him either. 

“They really discovered his last handle, but they claimed it appears to be like the position has been empty for a though,” Mclean reported.

Hampton RCMP said an investigation into Schulz is underway.

CBC News tried out to reach Schulz through the email and telephone amount listed with his company but was not ready to make make contact with.

Valley Roofing proprietor sued for $16,000

Court docket documents clearly show that claims versus the contractor have been submitted right before, and he’s been complicated to identify.

Very last 12 months, the small statements court docket in Saint John ordered Schulz to shell out $16,800 to the owners of a rental assets right after he carried out defective workmanship on one of their roofs — an total he has yet to pay back.

Luke Mosher and Joshua Innis paid out Schulz extra than $12,000 after signing a deal for the do the job in July 2018, according to their declare.

Immediately immediately after design was finished, the homeowners discovered various leaks in the roof that had been creating h2o problems in a number of places of the residence, the claim reported. 

Immediately just after design, the homeowners of this assets found quite a few leaks in the roof that have been creating h2o problems in various locations of the dwelling, in accordance to a assert in Saint John small promises court. (Saint John tiny statements court docket file)

They tried devoid of achievements to get the contractor to do the repairs, the claim claimed. This was even with a deal signed with the corporation making sure any extra repairs needed on the roof would come at no further cost to the property owners. 

As a result, the roof experienced to be completely eliminated and replaced by yet another enterprise. 

The costs ordered by the courtroom deal with the value of repairs carried out to avert additional h2o destruction and the substitution of the roof, in accordance to the court’s choice on Jan. 14, 2020. 

Schulz also did not attend the hearing that day. 

The contractor was requested to look in tiny promises court for an evaluation of his assets last Thursday but did not show up at. Three prior appearances had to be cancelled simply because of delays induced by the pandemic or problems locating Schulz to provide him.

Have faith in your gut, roofing group says

There are a number of steps owners can take to keep away from losing out to unreliable contractors, reported Ron Hutton, the government director of the New Brunswick Roofing Contractors Affiliation. He often hears from house owners who inquire regardless of whether it is clever to provide deposits. 

“You should not shell out until the career is finished,” Hutton stated. “If a contractor desires the funds up entrance to spend for supplies, it indicates his money circulation is incredibly reduced, and that would be an additional crimson flag.

“If they are on the lookout for money to purchase elements then I would say ‘I’ll purchase the elements, you explain to me the amount and I’ll have it delivered to my property.’ That way you have acquired the components under your finger and you’ve got compensated for it, so that any contractor can use it at that time if this contractor for some motive doesn’t perform out.”

He encouraged obtaining references from past consumers and ensuring contractors have liability insurance and certification from WorkSafeNB.

Hutton also recommended householders access out to the police in these types of situations. If sufficient residents have difficulties with the exact business, it’s probable a criminal prices can be laid, he said.