Casaletto Construction / Breach of Contract
We hired Casaletto construction to build an addition to our existing home. We terminated our contract prior to the completion of the job due to the contractor's unacceptable behavior. The contract specified that the job would cost $123, 500 and be substantially completed in six months. Over the course of the job the contractor frequently asked us for additional money to cover "cost overruns" as well as frequently asking for payments early. The benchmarks outlined in the contract were largely not adhered to. Payment was made for the start of plumbing and electrical work in mid-December. As of mid-April, no plumbing or electrical work had been completed. We eventually committed to paying him over $150, 000. The contractor averaged less than 20 hours per week on the job site over the course of the project. His hours were erratic. A typical work day would start between 11am and 2pm, concluding between 5pm and 7pm. We terminated our contract in April as it was clear that the contractor was insolvent as demonstrated by his inability to purchase building materials and also due to his refusal to work regular hours. During the course of the job, the contractor seemed to have little familiarity with the project blueprints and the local building codes. The contractor revealed at the end that he had been working without liability insurance for the majority of the project. As of the end of April (the original completion date specified in the contract), we had paid Casaletto construction over $130, 000 either directly or in cost overruns paid out of pocket. Examination of the building site by a third party indicates that approximately $70, 000 worth of work has been completed. Our dealings with Casaletto construction have been a nightmare. Do not do business this this company under any circumstances.