James Island couple claims they’re out hundreds after contractor by no means did work

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JAMES ISLAND, S.C. (WCSC) – A pair on James Island thought they have been properly on their solution to renovating their again deck after hiring a Lowcountry contractor. However after the contractor took their cash, they are saying the work by no means acquired executed.

Don Geddes and his spouse have lived on James Island for greater than 20 years. They not too long ago revamped their entrance steps and in September of final yr determined they needed to drag the set off on renovating their again deck as properly. They needed a sure materials and Geddes says Travis Tardiff of Tardiff Builders initially got here really helpful by the corporate that makes the fabric.

“The deposit was 50 % of the job,” Geddes says. “The job was $15,000 and we wrote him a test for $7,500. And that’s the final time I noticed him.”

Geddes says Tardiff began out by emailing them updates.

“I wrote him that test in September,” Geddes says. “We’d get emails that informed us the place we have been within the course of. He mentioned among the materials had are available, after which he mentioned the fabric had are available however not the railing.”

The final e-mail although got here in March when Geddes says Tardiff dissolved the contract.

“He mentioned the cash orders are within the mail – however we by no means acquired that,” Geddes says.

Geddes additionally discovered, out after the very fact, that Tardiff’s contracting license with the state expired months earlier than even taking over the job.

Makes an attempt to achieve Tardiff by a number of types failed. The e-mail account listed was not correct and bounced again. Among the telephone numbers listed have been out of service. One telephone quantity made it to voicemail, nevertheless it was full. The deal with for the enterprise listed is now occupied by one other firm.

At this level, Geddes has filed a grievance with the Higher Enterprise Bureau and says his subsequent step is to take the matter to small claims court docket.

“We additionally want some sort of emotional closure to this – as a result of it was a violation in a means for us,” Geddes says. “However doing the interviews with the brand new persons are extra thrilling as a result of I’m going to be relying on these folks to do the work they promised to do.”

In case you are in the same state of affairs, it is best to contact the S.C. Division of Shopper Affairs and the Higher Enterprise Bureau.

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