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First, if a person from Power Home Remodeling Group
shows up at
your door and offers you a free estimate on home repair work, tell
him to leave and shut the door. If he doesn't leave, call the
police or take other appropriate action. If you already have a free
estimate scheduled, cancel it and tell them to never contact you
again. If they approach you in BJ'S Wholesale Club
(which has some sort of relationship with the company) ignore them. Run,
do not walk, away.
Why? That's a longer
story. A few weeks ago, I was at my house when someone knocked on the door. He was working for Power Home, said they were in the area doing home improvement work for a neighbor, and that they were offering free estimates. I
bought my house from a bank after the bank foreclosed on the last owner
and while it wasn't in horrible condition, I have done work on
it over the years. I have two friends who have helped me with various
projects, but they are often busy with other jobs. So,
I thought, sure give me a free estimate. I do need to replace the
front bay window. I didn't know the age or condition of the roof and
the siding is very old. I asked for an estimate on those things. We
scheduled a later appointment, he took my name and contact
information, and left. He seemed like a nice enough guy, so I
thought, there was no harm in hearing what they had to say.
On the day of the
appointment, I waited and waited, but no one showed up. It was
annoying. But I wrote it off as not a big deal. I would get someone
else to do the work. Later they called me on my phone at work and
scheduled another appointment. This time, they called me back on my
work number to confirm the appointment. (I have since found out that
they don't show unless they get a confirmation and I never got their
call before because I use Google Voice on my cell phone and Google
actually blocked their number as spam.)
afternoon, a young guy showed up at my house to do the
estimate. At first he was very nice and professional, but he kept
asking me a lot of personal questions, like he was or wanted to be my
friend. He asked me at least twice what I was doing this weekend and
I mentioned maybe going downtown to the bars and/or to the yearly
to drink some Greek beer. We chatted a bit and I
assumed it was all harmless. He then went into his sales pitch where
he showed me on his Ipad a Powerpoint like presentation about how
great his company was. I rushed him through this, or at least
tried. I wasn't really interested in how great they were. I wanted a
quote and then I would do research and get another estimate.
This is what every homeowner should do.
So then he started
looking at my window, siding, and roof. Long story short, everything
was a complete disaster. My roof was, according to him, only one
storm away from failing. He said to me something like “I don't care
if you hire us or not, but someone needs to repair that roof.” That
statement shortly then turned out to be a complete lie.
I was able
to eventually get this guy to talk about pricing and he was running all sorts of
numbers on his Ipad and Iphone and quickly showing me what he said
would be industry pricing to do the work. (Oddly, he asked to use my
Wifi at this time, because he said he wasn't getting good reception.
I am going to have to change my password now it and update all my
devices, which is going to be a pain.) He never left me a copy
of what he wrote down on that paper, but did write, at my request, the cost for the roof and window on his business card. I guess this is what passes for as an estimate. $15,500
for the roof, $8,100 for the bow window, and about $22,000 for the
siding. And it was urgent that they do the work, really really urgent.
|The most unprofessional estimate I have ever received.|
Needless to say, I
was not happy about the prospect of having to pay over
$40,000 for repairs on my home. At this point, I have to admit that I was
believing him. But I just don't have $40,000 sitting around and I am
not the type of person to spend that much money without doing my homework. Think of me what you will, but I am not a complete idiot! There was no way that I was going to agree to that without doing more research.
I told the guy that I
would have to talk to my bank about a refi. I would get the benefit
of a lower rate and could take out extra cash. “Well, how soon can
you talk to them?” He asked. You could hear the worry in his voice.
It was after 5pm on a Friday, so the bank was closed, I pointed out.
It would have to wait until at least Monday, I said.
For a moment, he
looked dejected, but then quickly turned to his “today only” deal. He
also gave me how much it would cost per month (although I don't think
he listed the number of months), if I used their financing. In
addition, I didn't have to come up with any money that day and would
have time (I don't remember the exact amount), to go to my bank and
come up with the money. The prices were much less, about $30,000
total, so a “savings” of over $10,000, but only if I signed that
day. I asked him to break down each project. I don't remember the
exact prices, but it was about $10,000 for the roof.
He really turned up
the pressure on me. But what he didn't know is that while we were
talking, I was researching it on my phone and found out that to the average price to replace a roof my size (less than 1200 sqft) is between $4100 and $6000
. (A neighbor informed me yesterday he had his replaced last year, it was about the same size as mine, and paid $5500). I
was also texting my friend who works on my house who was texting me
back telling me to sign nothing and to get this guy out of my house.
This whole thing
went on for a while, well over 2 hours. He was playing mind games, or
at least trying. He would say things like, “Sure, I want to make a
sale, but I am also a human being. I can't leave your house like
this.” He would not take no for an answer. And when it got to the
point that it was obvious that I was not going to sign, he turned
into a complete dick. I had to ask him to leave, at least twice, and
thought I was going to have to call 911 or even, if necessary, get my
gun. Thankfully, it didn't come to that. At the front porch, you
could see the anger in his face, and he yelled to me something like,
“You don't care about your house. You just care about going out and
drinking beer tonight.” See how he used what I told him earlier about going to the Greek Festival against me? He was also trying to shame me in front of
the neighbors. Didn't work. It did make me wonder if he was also
lying when he said he was a human being.
Later my friend, who also happens to have a degree in engineering
and who also builds houses, came over and looked at my roof. He said
it had a few years left in it and then we went out drinking. My neighbor also told me that the last owners replaced the roof in 1999 and they typically last 20 years.
Regarding my experience with the company, I
assumed that I just had a bad salesman.
But then I started to research the company. Now I know why he was so
desperate to get me to sign that day and got upset when I said I
wanted to do research online first.
The Power Home
Remodeling is based in Chester, PA, but according to their website
they operate in Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Indiana, Illinois,
Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New
York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Virginia, Washington D.C.
and Wisconsin. There are Yelp pages for many of these offices.
We have about. 2500 sqft roof, the estimator was suggesting a $30k to
$40k job.... Absolutely insane.... I guess they work on commission,
but with a full removal, materials (architectural shingles) and
install, and accounting for the markup in Arlington, a very high end
estimate shouldn't be over $15k.
These guys use high pressure
scare tactics to bully people into paying wayyy toooo much. Buyer
beware please and do your homework!
I like how they have the gall to get on here and refute my review.
For anyone who's further interested in their lies, I've posted a pic
of the contracted amount with personal info blanked out. You can find
this on my profile. They also want to refute hole size. They don't
seem to understand, he showed me pictures of significant damage with
large holes, I don't need a ruler to measure them, because THERE ARE
NO HOLES IN MY ROOF. He fraudulently showed us pictures of someone
else's roof and said he just took them. You can call them whatever
size you want swindler, it's irrelevant considering there are no
holes in my attic at all. That's what your company is about. The HIGH
cost of replacing a roof is considered $13,000. They're crooks,
protect your friends and family from these depraved sleazy salesmen.
You probably have
the point by now, but I just want to post one more review from the Maryland site:
This company tried to swindle my 74 year old father. I came home at
the end of the salesman's 4 hour speech. He convinced my dad that our
roof has severe damage and could break through if you walked on it.
He explained how it has severe water damage and showed us pictures of
huge wet patches and holes in the plywood from the attic. After
hearing the $28,000 price tag I told my dad to rethink and get some
other quotes even though he had already signed up. I checked the
attic for myself and guess what, no holes and almost no water damage
in sight. He correctly assumed my dad was too feeble to climb up
there himself. Too bad I wasn't. He had showed us someone else's
pictures to convince us. They're liars and cheaters. After my dad
canceled they called and came back to offer a better deal, $8000 for
almost the same service. Really? Wow, all of sudden they can do the
work for so much less. They also tried to sell gutters for $4000.
Were they made out of gold? Nope, aluminum. Maybe they personally
make them out of soda cans or something, because $4000 is laughable.
They're crooks and I see plenty of poor reviews for their actual
work. Best look elsewhere before you get ripped off.
And the reviews on the other Yelp pages are just as bad. For example,in their hometown of Chester, PA, they somehow managed to set an average 2.5 out of 5 star Yelp rating
One person wrote:
Simply one of the worst companies I have come across when dealing with
remodeling companies. They use basic pressure tactics, employ people who
have either no experience or very little in actual trades/remodeling
who aren't qualified to give legit estimates let alone act as a building
inspector, and then are very aggressive the entire process once you
engage with them including during the sales quote.
hilarious part was when one of their sales reps tried to tell my uncle
(who has done general residential contracting for more than 35 years)
and one of his partners who is a licensed building inspector they had no
idea what they were talking about including questioning their price
estimates for the materials and time quoted for a basic roof repair.
Their interest rates for financing were also lousy when compared to
standard line of credits from a bank or credit union too.
general building contractor should NEVER pressure anyone during the
sales or estimate process, stick to only what the client wants done or
expressed a wish to get an estimate on, and give them things they
request including other customer references without a hassle.
It wasn't just me.
These people are up to no good. I suspect that their main prey is the elderly. They might be sitting at home all day and bored. A nice young man who is well groomed, well spoken, and who seems like a real go-getter, shows up and gives them a great sales pitch. And then he scares the hell out of them and gets them thinking their house is falling apart. This is really sleazy. They are convincing and pressuring
people to pay for things they don't need and are charging them
Please be careful
when dealing with anyone offering an estimate for home repair. While
most people in the field are honest, there are plenty of frauds. Make
sure your friends and family, especially elderly friends and relatives, are aware of this company and these types of tactics. Never agree
to anything on the spot. Always get a second estimate, at least. AND
NEVER NEVER NEVER DO BUSINESS WITH POWER HOME REMODLING GROUP!!!
Also, please share
this post with your friends and family. They will appreciate it. I
don't want to see anyone lose their money to these people.
Also, to the guy who stopped by my house, you left one of your gloves on my back porch. I don't know if it was a mistake or part of an elaborate plan to get back into my house under the guise of getting your glove to continue a sales pitch. Either way, it is sitting on my front lawn under my mailbox. You can get it, but get one inch closer to my house and we are going to have a problem. You better get it before it blows away.
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