Quispamsis owners out 1000’s after hiring similar roofing contractor



Peter Bourque standing outside his home in Nauwigewauk. He says he gave a $3,000 deposit to the roofing contractor and expected him to start work in September.


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Peter Bourque standing outdoors his dwelling in Nauwigewauk. He says he gave a $3,000 deposit to the roofing contractor and anticipated him to start out work in September.

Nauwigewauk resident Peter Bourque needs to warn others a couple of roofing contractor within the Saint John space who has insisted on deposits from owners, then not executed the work.  

Bourque stated he misplaced $3,000 after Valley Roofing of Quispamsis did not do promised work and now cannot even be discovered. 

Bourque went to Valley Roofing on the advice of a buddy, who had employed the contractor earlier than. Bourque stated he did not assume twice when the proprietor, Craig Schulz, requested a deposit earlier than beginning work on the roof. 

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The work was anticipated to start on Sept. 20 however was delayed due to rain. 

Earlier than lengthy, it grew to become apparent the work would not be taking place any time quickly, Bourque stated.

“It was a relentless sequence of excuses. Lastly, after some time, he stated, ‘Pay attention, if I can not get there, I am going to simply offer you your a refund.'” 

The deposit was by no means returned, nevertheless, so Bourque went to small claims court docket, the place his case has not but been determined.

“I can not attain him,” Bourque stated of Shulz. “I’ve confirmed up at his home, I’ve emailed, texted, left voicemails, and no response.”

Bourque is not the one house owner in the Saint John suburb who has misplaced cash to Shulz and his firm.

Two others who’ve resorted to small claims court docket since September stated they’ve gone via the identical ordeal previously 12 months.

Bourque related with a number of residents after sharing a submit on Fb warning neighbours in regards to the firm. In every case, the corporate failed to hold out the work after accepting deposits within the 1000’s of {dollars}. 

‘He was fairly convincing’

Ryan Mclean of Quispamsis stated he misplaced $5,500, the deposit the house owner put down for a brand new roof from Shulz in mid-June. 

“At the moment, he stated he was gathering the shingles. He was fairly convincing,” Mclean stated. “I did not suspect something as a result of he had executed work for my brother earlier than.”

McLean has filed a case in small claims court docket in opposition to the contractor.

He has additionally requested Sheriff Companies for assist serving Schulz the declare paperwork, however the regional workplace wasn’t capable of find him both. 

“They really discovered his final tackle, however they stated it seems just like the place has been empty for some time,” Mclean stated.

Hampton RCMP stated an investigation into Schulz is underway.

CBC Information tried to succeed in Schulz via the e-mail and telephone quantity listed along with his firm however was not capable of make contact.

Valley Roofing proprietor sued for $16,000

Courtroom information present that claims in opposition to the contractor have been filed earlier than, and he is been tough to find.

Final 12 months, the small claims court docket in Saint John ordered Shulz to pay $16,800 to the house owners of a rental property after he carried out defective workmanship on considered one of their roofs — an quantity he has but to pay.

Luke Mosher and Joshua Innis paid Schulz greater than $12,000 after signing a contract for the work in July 2018, based on their declare.

Instantly after building was accomplished, the house owners found a number of leaks within the roof that have been inflicting water harm in a number of areas of the house, the declare stated. 

They tried with out success to get the contractor to do the repairs, the declare stated. This was regardless of a contract signed with the corporate making certain any further repairs wanted on the roof would come at no further value to the owners. 

Because of this, the roof needed to be utterly eliminated and changed by one other firm. 

The prices ordered by the court docket cowl the price of repairs carried out to forestall additional water harm and the substitute of the roof, based on the court docket’s determination on Jan. 14, 2020. 

Schulz additionally didn’t attend the listening to that day. 

The contractor was ordered to look in small claims court docket for an examination of his belongings final Thursday however did not attend. Three prior appearances needed to be cancelled due to delays attributable to the pandemic or difficulties finding Schulz to serve him.

Belief your intestine, roofing group says

There are a number of steps owners can take to keep away from shedding out to unreliable contractors, stated Ron Hutton, the chief director of the New Brunswick Roofing Contractors Affiliation. He typically hears from owners who ask whether or not it is smart to offer deposits. 

“You should not pay till the job is finished,” Hutton stated. “If a contractor wants the cash up entrance to pay for supplies, it means his money circulate may be very low, and that might be one other pink flag.

“In the event that they’re searching for cash to purchase supplies then I might say ‘I am going to purchase the supplies, you inform me the amount and I am going to have it delivered to my dwelling.’ That manner you have acquired the supplies beneath your finger and you’ve got paid for it, in order that any contractor can use it at the moment if this contractor for some cause does not work out.”

He inspired getting references from previous shoppers and making certain contractors have legal responsibility insurance coverage and certification from WorkSafeNB.

Hutton additionally advisable owners attain out to the police in such conditions. If sufficient residents have bother with the identical firm, it is potential a prison expenses can be laid, he stated.