SEEKONK, RHODE ISLAND -- I contracted Lowe's to install 100 feet of cedar fencing and a pergola add-on. Work began in the beginning of July. When the installer told me he had no experience installing cedar and was familiar with installing vinyl, I should have known this wouldn't go smoothly.
I originally ordered a four foot gate for the backyard. Shortly thereafter I changed my mind and phoned the project manager, Kevin **. I asked how much it would cost to have 2 three foot gates instead. He said it was a 50 dollar difference. I said ok. He said he didn't feel like driving out to Portsmouth from his store in Seekonk so I could sign a change order. He said he'd just go ahead and change the order and not charge the 50 dollars.
When the installers came we discovered that he hadn't changed the order. Lowe's shipped me 2 four foot gates one for the back and one for the front. They also didn't send the posts and lattice for the pergola. Mr. ** tried to convince me to accept the gates I'd originally ordered. I refused, telling him that I would gladly pay the 50 dollars, and if he'd done the change order like he was supposed to, this wouldn't have happened. So... he had the installers use the 2 four foot gates that were on hand to create the back gate and order an additional gate for the front.
By then, my existing chain link fence had been removed. Originally I'd had someone lined up to remove the fence for me, but that fell through. I asked Mr. ** how much more it would cost to add removal and disposal. $450 more. I had no choice but to agree, as the installation date was already here. Instead of removing the posts, the installers cut them at ground level. My husband could have done that himself! I was then left with metal-lined holes in the ground, along with the remaining underground concrete. How can I plant grass and shrubs over that? I paid for removal, and I expected the fence to be removed.
Since all the parts weren't available, they had to halt work and special order the additional gate and pergola parts. They blocked the gap where the front gate should have been with a section of fence. After they left I noticed multiple gaps in the fencing because I heard the familiar bark of my dog. From the street. I'd let her out and she immediately escaped. She weighs 2 pounds. She never escaped when I had my old chain link fence. So... my husband inspected the yard and used old boards and bricks to block the spots where she could possibly escape.
The installers didn't leave my yard in good shape. I have a 4 year old and a dog. They left a saw blade in the yard. They left a red bull can in the sink of my daughter's playhouse. They left packaging from the fence components in the yard. They left the dirt and rocks. They dug up when installing the fence posts behind. The dirt in the front of the house is heavy with slate. They spread that dirt instead of removing it.
How is my grass going to regrow through slate? The pieces aren't big enough to pick up, but they're big enough to ruin my lawn. The yard on the longest side of the fence is higher because they spread the dirt instead of removing it. They also left behind large rocks that they dug up during installation.
Then... I noticed that one of the fence posts in the front of the house was cracked. From top to bottom. Why would someone even install something like that? When I called, the Lowe's manager tried to convince me that it was "a natural variation in the wood." Even after I emailed the photos. How insulting. $5,500 for a fence and you try to convince me to accept a damaged product!
Anyway, I was promised that the missing fence parts would arrive in 2 weeks and the installers were scheduled to return then. 2 weeks came and went with no delivery. The installer called to cancel. Meanwhile, the manager never called to inform me of what was going on. Why the delay? I called. I was promised the gate would arrive on September 12. Nope. No gate, no update from Lowe's. At this point I was promised a call from Dave **, the Market Director. He had someone call on his behalf on September 15. I listed all my concerns and was promised installation the following Friday.
The next week the installer called to schedule. I told them that I was promised installation on Sept 23. They said no, they couldn't. It'd have to be the next Friday. I'm a teacher, and purposely scheduled this work for the summer, when I'd be home. At this point, the work needed to be done on a Friday because I'm back to work and that's the only day my husband would be home to answer any questions the installers had.
On Monday I spoke to a woman at the fence company and gave her a list if everything that needed to be resolved. So... now it's Friday, September 30. I've had no front gate for approximately 3 months. The new gate and pergola parts arrived yesterday.
The installers came today. They installed the front gate and pergola. But... when I spoke to the Market Director's representative and the fence company I asked them not to install the hardware they'd shipped on the front gate. It's the same kind that's on the back gate - a flat lever that you push down. That's fine for the back utility gate, but not for the entrance. They installed it anyway. Now it needs to be changed and there will be additional holes in my new front gate.
They botched up the repair of the gaps under the fence. They lowered a section of the fence so the dog can't crawl under. Now the top of one panel is 3 inches lower than the adjacent panel and the rails facing my yard aren't lined up. There's still gaps at the bottom where the dog can get out. In fact, the front gate is approximately 4-5 inches off the ground. My dog will easily escape. These installers knew when they were here in July that they couldn't leave gaps like that. They saw my dog.
The installers replaced the cracked fence post. But... it came right out. They hadn't cemented it in. In fact, there were tons of leftover bags of cement. They didn't cement the pergola posts in. Those posts are going to rot, just stuck in the ground like that. I need them to come back and cement every post into the ground.
Also, am I getting credit for the unused cement, panels, and posts? The project manager is supposed to know how much to order. I shouldn't have to pay when he doesn't know how to estimate a job. The installers also installed the drop bar on the back gate today. When they left the last time they used a piece of rebar as a substitute. But... the back gate is still not even. That was on the list of things to fix and it's still not done right.
Oh! And... at the time of the contract signing I was promised a 200 Lowes gift card. Mr. ** gave me the rebate form and receipt. Said to mail it in. Several weeks later I got a letter from Lowe's. They denied my submission. Said I didn't make a qualifying fence purchase.
So... I now have an expensive fence that is uneven, has posts that are going to rot, and doesn't keep the dog in the yard. All this after several months of headaches. I wish I could just have you take your fence back. I am beyond angry and discouraged.
My husband and I bought this house knowing we'd be making improvements. This is the first of many projects. We need windows, gutters, kitchen counters and cabinets and several other jobs done. We won't be hiring Lowe's.
PANAMA CITY, FLORIDA -- I buy online frequently. But, this was my first and probably last Lowe's purchase. I placed an order for a half-dozen items from the garden department and was informed I'd receive an email when the order was ready for pick-up. Several hours later, I received the email. So far, so good.
When I got to the store's pick-up there were several people waiting in front of me. Several people who arrived after I did were waited on first, getting me a little bit irritated. When it was my turn, I handed the lady my order number, she spent a minute looking baffled, entered some info on her computer, looked baffled a little longer. At this point, I told her about having received the pick-up order and she told me they'd apparently taken my stuff to the loading area at the rear of the store. I'd need to drive around to the guard station and ask for it there... so I drove around back.
The lady at the guard station looked puzzled and called someone on her radio, then told me my stuff was in the garden center and I'd need to pick it up there. So, I drove back to the parking lot where I'd started and went to the garden center. The lady there told me I'd need to drive to the guard station behind the store (where I'd just been). I told her I'd been there already and she got on her radio and called for somebody else to assist me. The nice man who showed up to help grabbed a shopping cart and my order and we went around and gathered my stuff up from its various locations around the garden shop.
This all happened about one hour after I'd received the email saying pick-up was ready. I like the convenience of shopping online and partake frequently. Obviously, at least in my local store, Lowe's is NOT up to steam on the concept. Oddly, I chose Lowe's for my online purchase because their website functions quite well in contrast to that of Home Depot, where I can't get anything accomplished. Five Stars for your website, zip for the store's fulfillment of the order. I'll give you two stars.
HAMBURG, PA -- Spent $30K for a kitchen remodel. Ended up with a floor that needs to be ripped up and re-installed, cabinets that require parts to be replaced due to poor quality, backsplash that needs 2nd re-fix (tiles crooked), caulking needs to be ripped out and replaced due to air-holes and other, painting is a mess and unfinished wall (behind refrigerator).
This has been an emotional and financial disaster. Lowe's got my money in October and the kitchen is in remodel stage in late February and now March before it is potentially completed. I have spent considerable time managing communications and fielding disasters. SO UNACCEPTABLE. If you decide to purchase remodels thru Lowe's; VET the General contractor - ask to see his work for the exact type of job. Otherwise, you will be a potential victim of crime. No one should have to go thru what our family has gone thru. Lowe's is a large corporation and they have a lot of employees running around with "zero" accountability.
COLUMBUS, OHIO -- We thought Lowe's would be a reliable company to use to replace our 20 year old kitchen countertops. We were wrong! We picked out a Formica brand laminate and they came out and measured. It seemed as if things were going well. Then the installers never followed up and we called them after waiting to hear when they would be out to install. They said the laminate arrived damaged.
Then after months of waiting, they installed the countertops. Within 2 weeks bubbling showed up around the sink edge! We calls Lowe's and they said they would notify the installer. No one called us for weeks. We called Lowe's again and again, and still not call backs. Finally we threaten Lowe's with a BBB report. Still no installer came out.
Finally Lowe's salesman came out and took pictures, and contacted the installer/manufacturer. They replied that it was the home owner's fault and it was water damage that caused the problem. WATER Damage? Week it was around the SINK, and yes there is water in the sink, and it splashes out and drips from our hands. Hell the other countertop lasted 20 years! They finally replaced it after almost a year. Now we wonder how long it will last... maybe months.
SHELBYVILLE, KENTUCKY -- I purchased a range, along with the whole kitchen package (refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave), from the Shelbyville, Kentucky location and was promised delivery of the range and refrigerator on Friday. I stressed to the sales associate, Daniel, that I was hesitant to buy from Lowe's due to their delivery reputation but he assured me that I would be taken care of. When Friday rolled around, the delivery guys showed up with the refrigerator only. No range. When I called and talked to Pat in appliances, I asked why my range was not on the truck.
He explained that is was an error and that all humans make mistakes. No apologies. I then talked to Chris who explained that the manufacturer was at fault because the range arrived to them marked incorrectly. No apologies. He felt that getting it delivered sometime today was apology enough. I had a full day planned and had to rearrange everything to accommodate Lowe's delivery and, you guessed it, "No Apologies!" I will never purchase anything from Lowe's due to their customer service. Never have I been made to feel like my time is so valueless.
PORTLAND, OREGON -- Never was informed or otherwise notified that my countertops would be pieced together from other remnant left overs from other jobs. Upon speaking with Galaxy Stoneworks, they stated that that is their agreement with Lowe's as a corporate account to allow competitive pricing. Great! Now I have two pieces of stone that do not match in color, texture or appearance. Let the buyer beware; choose your stone directly and have a fabricator with good recommendations do the install. Then and only then will you know what you are expecting!
NEW CITY, NEW YORK -- Do not use Lowe's as a contractor! On June 23, 2015, my life and my son's life was turned upside down causing not only unnecessary stress to us but, causing me to incur thousands of additional dollars in costs due to the construction of the bathroom. On June 23, 2015 I initiated an agreement with Lowe's to remodel a 5X7 bathroom. I paid in full $14,913.00. My son and his wife were supposed to move in to this condominium at the end of August as the bathroom was to be completed in 15 days of actual work or by the agreed upon date of August 15th.
The events of the last 5 1/2 months were perpetuated by the poor and ineffective project scheduling and by the contractor hired by Lowe's. However, it always seemed that Lowe's had the back of the contractor and not us the customer who had paid in full the entire cost of the bathroom renovation prior to the start of the construction. The guarantee of satisfaction we signed with Lowe's on June 23rd 2015 had no effect on the construction. Therefore, after deliberate consideration and consultation it is obvious that the bathroom renovation was not completed to expected and reasonable standards of satisfaction.
5 1/2 months later the bathroom was never completed to expected and reasonable standards of satisfaction. Examples of the extremely sloppy workmanship include: The door and door frame should have been replaced with a quality door as agreed to in initial contract. Door is damaged, poorly spray painted so its surface is like sandpaper and the frame is damaged too so that the correct hardware could not be installed. Old rusted hinges were reused with caked on paint of years of use. The threshold is not the marble one we selected and it is the wrong color. The bathroom is beiges and browns and the threshold is an orange composite material.
The wall and the tile molding was never completed behind the vanity. The grout is coming out from between the tiles in the shower. Instead of regrouting the tiles caulking was used on the surface only. The ceiling has gouges in it from when the bathroom was demolished and the light fixture was removed. The vent fan does not sit flush against the wall due to a wall that is not vertical. The light switch was poorly installed and now it cannot be aligned. Due to the inexpensive door when the towel bars were connected to the door the door was hollow so they could not be anchored correctly.
Other expenses we incurred were my son's 2 months' rent in his Manhattan apartment since the timeline for the renovation changed from the end of August to the end of November. And you can't move into an apartment that has no toilet. (Expense of $3,358.00) Also… ** You have to see the photos of the mess in the apt. Nothing was covered. Everything is covered by a layer of dust. Floors, walls, windows, all the furniture, television, bedding, couches, all appliances and more. In the middle of the living room is a 4-foot pile of bathroom debris (tile, floor, wall board, ceiling, plumbing and probably asbestos & lead too).
The floors were left in such a damaged condition due to the contractor's dumping the demolition refuse into the living room that we needed to scrape the damaged floors for $2,126.00. And finally the couches were discarded because the debris that covered them and it was not worth the risk to use them. Their replacement value was about $1800.00 In all. We are requesting compensation in the amount of $ 22,197.00 without the cost of painting the entire apartment that is covered with dust that probably contains asbestos and lead.