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Remodeling Dispute

Troubleshooters

POSTED: Thursday, July 22, 2010 - 4:35pm

UPDATED: Thursday, December 30, 2010 - 12:19am

EL PASO, TX - A woman says she paid more than $40,000.00 dollars to a man to remodel her house, but the work hasn't been finished and she says what has been done is shoddy.

Siara Moreno talked to us on behalf of her mom who wasn't comfortable with her English. Moreno says she hasn't completely paid off the contract, but the man, Joseph Mansorr, is demanding more money than they agreed to. She says she's afraid to give it to him because of the quality of work he has done.

"We did get another estimate in order to fix whatever he did it's going to take about $60,000.00 dollars on top of what was already payed to him."

Mansorr refused to do an on camera interview. He said he will work with Moreno on what she's not happy about, but he wants to be paid more money first. He said Moreno changed remodeling plans and agreed to pay him more money. Moreno says she did not agree to pay more money.

"We need a law that's going to protect us as consumers. We want things done right."

We'll let you know what happens.

If you have a case you would like NewsChannel 9 Troubleshooter Anthony Garcia to look into email him at agarcia@ktsm.com.

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WHAT WE AS CONTRACTORS NEED IS FOR THE COUNTY ATTORNEY TO ALSO LOOK ON OUR SIDE AND SEE HOW WE GET RIPPED OFF AT TIMES. PEOPLE (CUSTOMERS) EXPECT TOO MUCH AT TIMES FROM US CONTRACTORS WHEN AT THE END WE GET RIPPED OFF. ITS SO EASY TO FILE AGAINST THE CONTRACTOR AND WALK AWAY IF THEY WANT TOO WITH ALL THE WORK COMPLETED & PAYING NOTHING. ITS THEN UP TO THE CONTRACTOR TO FILE AGAINST THE CUSTOMERS IF ITS WORTH THE PROCESS. WE CAN PAY TRIPLE THE MONEY OF WHAT THEY END UP OWING US TO FILE THE CLAIM.

BEING A LICENSED CONTRACTOR WE ARE ALLOWED TO ASK FOR MONEY UPFRONT DUE TO THE PREVIOUS PROBLEMS EXPERIENCED WHERE CUSTOMERS DO NOT PAY THE CONTRACTOR ONCE THE PROJECT IS COMPLETED. THERE HAS BEEN SEVERAL ISSUES THAT I HAVE HAD TO BRING UP TO MY ATTY ABOUT CUSTOMERS NOT BEING RESPONSIBLE FOR PAYING THE REMAINING BALANCE. IF THERE IS A LAW OUT THERE AGAINST CONTRACTORS ASKING FOR MONEY UPFRONT, THAN THERE SHOULD BE A LAW FOR CUSTOMERS TO BE PROSECUTED FOR NON-PYMT TO THE CONTRACTOR ONCE COMPLETE.

He wants to be paid more money first? No. He didn't do the job he was hired to do. He just burned up Mrs. Moreno's money. He didn't do the job right. It's his fault he has to spend more time to make it right but that's his problem. I wouldn't pay him any more money. I would hire an attorney before anything else and file a lawsuit against this guy. Not only have him redo the shoddy work, but to finish the job for the original amount. That idiot has some nerve.

people! please consult with your atty.before you release money or sign any CHECK or contract with any contractor or handy man and or "want to be" contractor? add the atty.consulting cost on the proposal or estimate for review !! PROTECT YOURSELF FIRST!!! and keep everyone HONEST!!! you must have some SIGNED PAPER For recourse or lien! to present in court or litigation not just he said ,she said!!!THINK!,STOP,REVIEW,CONSULT!WITH NO PRESSURE?

I'M A RETIRED (JAR HEAD)and now work part time as a '"LICENSED CONTRACTOR)" ,small one man or large 20 men labor projects i always do a small estimate or consult for a large project propsal& carry liability ins, and posted a bond, to be compliant,i'm also financially competent enough to buy &supply all of my materials,labor,transportation,hire additional licensed contractors to service the project in order to finish! on schedule.!!and pass city insp.with out Never,NO MONEY upfront!

I hired a landscaper to do a job on my backyard about 2 years ago. There was a flooding problem that he said he would eliminate. He asked for half and the other half would be paid at the end of the job. He appeared to be reliable and the job was completed. It turns out that with these recent heavy rains, i have discoved that the problem was not completely fixed. There's still a small amount of flooding. Ive tried telling him but he wont do anything so I guess I'm SOL. I know better now.

References, other hoomes they did work for, is also appropriate to ask for when negotiating with a contractors for work in your home.

NO! never NO MONEY UP FRONT!!ALL honest LICENSED! contractors have to be financially able to accomplish there project First! on there own ! that is common courtesty and professional ethics! if you !! as a Licensed!!! contractor can not afford to buy and supply the materials, meet your own weekly payroll ,supply your own transportation to and from work for yourself and your labor,buy extra's because you "underestimated the Proposal"!!! Daaaaaaa? THEN YOUR A COMMON CON?&HOME OWNERS SHOULD RUN AWAY

PEOPLE NEED TO FIRST ASK FOR A GENERAL CONTRACTERS LICENSE&BOND NUMBER, LIABILITY INS. AND THEN HAVE THE CONTRACTER ,CHECKED OUT THROUGH THE CONTRACTOR WEBSITE,BBB&C.O.C.?AND NOT ONE PENNY!!!! THEY BUY AND SUPPLY ALL OF THE MATERIALS ,TOOLS LABOR,ETC.ETC. NEEDED TO COMPLETE THE PROJECT NOT ONE PENNY IS TO BE PAID UP FRONT TO ANY CONTRACTOR OR HANDY MAN!PERIOD!!PEOLPLE MUST BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THEMSELFS FIRST !!!! IF ANY ONE ASK FOR MONEY UP FRONT BEFORE THE PROJECT IS DONE ?JUST SAY NO THANKS!!

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