My name is Anonymous and I bought a existing nail salon business at 1030 Freeport Road Pittsburgh PA 15238 in July 2017. Being a new business owner, I wanted to cosmetically touch up my business so I wanted a quick renovation to help make my business better. I had Michael Skoncey of Amilli Paint & Landscape DBA Genesis Remodeling come out to take a look at what needed to be done. I told him I had a running business and that I needed this renovation to be done quick because I currently pay rent each month. He told me that it would be done in 45 days. He proposed a contract to which the renovation would be $45,000. We made a agreement and he split up the payments to 4 payments (1. $11,250, $15,000, 13,750, and 5,000 at completion).
I wrote the first payment to Michael (11,250) and Michael Skoncey started September 1, 2017. Michael clean out my salon and everything was going ok with framing. Michael then demanded the 2nd payment now(15,000) and I was a little hesitant to give it to him because I noticed my electrical and plumbing have been ripped out. One of his workers even ripped out the service line to my salon. After the check for 15,000 cleared over the weekend, I received a text from Michael that Monday morning that I need all new electrical and plumbing which will be 27,000 additional. At this point, I panicked because all I wanted was a cosmetic renovation, not a complete gut and rebuild. At this point, I had to find a partner or declare bankruptcy.
Luckily, one of my mother's friends said she will partner with me and to deal with the situation I was in. We both demanded for a new contract and Michael the contractor came up with a new contract asking for a extended deadline to November 15, 2017 in which he wanted to us use his plumber and electrician. At first, we did not want to allow him to use his subcontractors anymore because he hires unknown people that even he isn't even aware of their work quality. His electrician ashured me that if we allow him and the plumber to work simultaneously, things will get done quickly. We gave in and I wrote a check for $10,000 for the start of the electrical and plumbing work. The work was being completed but the electrician said there needs to be a new service line and that would be $1500 additional even though one of Michael's workers ripped out old service line which was fully functional. So, I wrote the check just wanting this to be completed. Then the day of 1st electrical rough in inspection came and the electrical inspector gave the green light. I had to pay $5,000 at that point and 2 days later we had the 1st plumbing rough in inspection and the inspector gave the green light.
So another $5,000 for that. At this point, the drywall still needed to be put up and tile needed to be grouted before the next payment is to be received. That Friday at the end of October, Michael told his subcontractors that he ran out of money and is not able to pay them. He demanded that I give them the last bit of money left which was $20,750. At this point, the sign has not been ordered and the glass for the store front has not even been ordered or installed and we were 2 weeks away from the extended contracted deadline of November 15, 2017. We did not want the subcontractors to stop working and we were in a crunch to try to open so he pressured us saying the total price is still the same but he just needs this last payment. We came to a agreement where Michael would credit me $9,000 for the glass and install and $3,200 for the sign but Michael did not want to credit me for the install so he said he would install the sign. That leaves total left to be paid was $8326. We broke this last bit of money into 3 payment of $2775.33 due 11/3, 11/10, and 11/15.
The work continued and I decided to let a window company take care of the glass and install while I ordered a sign and the sign company ask if I wanted them to install it and I ask Michael since it was in his agreement that if he can't install it, he would have the sign company install it. The sign company also informed me that there are permits required by the city in installing the sign and to make Michael aware of it. I told Michael and he insisted that he will install the sign. As of November 15, 2017, Michael got his final payment and was paid in full and the salon still needed the drywall mudded, floors tile and grouted, final electrical, final plumbing, carpet for basement, basement painted, 80 gallon hot water tank, main floor painted, led recess lights put in, brick mortored and build where old door was, and some of the plumbing drains fixed. On November 17, Michael informed me that he fired the electrician and the plumber because things did not work out between them. I never gave consent to allow Michael to fire the old electrician and plumber but he insisted he will finish with a new plumber and electrician. The salon sat at that point until after Thanksgiving holidays where Michael started painting the drywall which was only 80% mudded and I told him that but he said the drywall is done and it was ready. Then he brought in a floor guy to grout the floors the first week of December.
At this point I ask him about my sign permit, the electrician, the plumbing. He insisted that he did not need a permit to install the sign and that he is looking for a electrician. 2 weeks goes and at this point me and my partner are fed up so we re-hired the original electrician to finish out his electrical work. Michael got mad at this point and called a attorney (John Newborg) to mediate the conflict. I talk to Michael's attorney John Newborg and told him that I just want this done because every month that goes by, I am paying rent and I need to open. John said that I need to give Michael $1,500 extra to compensate for his lost time in finding a electrician and for the electrician trying to aquire a permit. I told him if I pay this $1,500, will everything be completed in 2 weeks and he said yes. So I wrote a check out to John Newborg's Law office on 12/27/27 in which John is suppose to hold in escrow until everything is completed and occupancy is received. Michael got somebody to install the carpets the first week in January 2018. He then said that he got a plumber and that the plumber is working on getting permit and completing the work. Mike's new plumber Dewayne was working on the water tanks and somehow spilled 50 gallons of water on to my new carpet.
At this point, I was furious because I had to clean it up. Michael also was contracted to put in a 80 gallon electric hot water tank but he insisted that he can't order a 80 gallon and that it would be faster to pick up a 50 gallon and he could tie my old 50 gallon hot water tank to the new one and have two hot water tanks. I said ok and the next day I came to check, Dewayne the so called plumber broke the head off the old functional hot water tank, leaving us with 1 working 50 gallon hot water tank which isn't enough for my salon business. Dewayne then inform me that my sewer is backed up. Michael called me and told me he wants another $1,500 to snake my drain and that after it is clean out, they can continue the plumbing work. I told Michael that I will havr a reputable company clean the sewer lines. I hired a reputable plumbing company to clean the drains on January 29, 2018 and informed Michael that they are done. I also called the city to find that Dewayne never got a permit to work on the plumbing and do not even know if he is even a registered plumber. I told Michael and he now tells me he's going to find another plumber, this will be 3rd plumber. As of today, nothing has been done since the middle of January 2018. At this point, what can I do to get open, can I go against him and hire to finish the job and how do I get my money back because I already paid Michael in full for a contract he broke and has not completed.