American Home Improvement Inc. Informative - Poor quality work - promises not met

Review by 4 Dog mom on 2007-07-27
WOODLAND HILLS, CALIFORNIA -- American Home Improvement Inc. a contractor found in Woodland Hills, Ca. Please, please, please ask for references. This company from day one lied to me. They constantly asked for money (performing poor quality work). My contract was signed Aug. 2005 they didn't even start work in the house until Feb. 2006. They would tell me it was the city (I called the city's building dept. to find out the problem - only to find out this company wasn't telling the truth. POOR quality work (with promises that they would repair all problems). They under powered (electrical) the house (also placing a subpanel in the main hallway, instead of a new exterior panel). Plumbing was also done wrong,(they were setting me up to flood and burn). The kitchen was by far the cheapest junk I've ever seen (they miss measured in many locations - 1. cabinet over refrigerator too big - they cut out dry wall and shoved cabinet into attic. Then they marked drywall to be cut out so doors could be installed.
2. Drawer bank installed so close to wall - as soon as door moulding installed drawers wouldn't open.
3. Sink bank of cabinets extended 6" past the pony wall into the family foom.
4. Cabinets were suppose to be one level - I had 3 different levels by the time they were done installing.
5. Plans called for a gas cooktop in the island - they lied and told me I couldn't place a gas line to the island (they blamed it on the inspector, not realizing that I would call inspector).
6. Tile in about 1100sq ft. of my house had about 20 tiles installed correctly.
Needless to say I'm out that money (well over $250,000) plus I had to find another company to complete the job (actually there was so much wrong I had to start completely over. My cost facter was so high because their work was so bad "nothing could be saved" (every stud was cut to different lengths, causing every wall to be off). I could go on and on with so much more that I had to go through with this company.
PLEASE be careful if you are remodeling.
Comments:4 Replies - Latest reply on 2007-12-10
Posted by shawnp80 on 2007-07-27:
Sue them. Are they licensed? If they are not licensed it is an open and shut case in CA. You are entitled to every single penny you gave them.
Posted by 4 Dog mom on 2007-07-28:
I am!! But the sad part is I had to refinance house to fix and make house livable. Court cases drag on.
Yes they are licensed. They did work for a friend (his recommendation), now he is finding major problems with his remodel.
Posted by shawnp80 on 2007-07-29:
Good luck. I had the contractor from hell too. It took him 3 years to finish a 700 SF addition. I know what you're going through.
Posted by HelloME on 2007-12-10:
You are so right. I am dealing with this contractor because of his association with another company. I would love to exchange stories. RojasBU@ah.org

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