Do not hire Tim Owens Construction in Raleigh NC

Same bad experience with Tim Owens. Please be aware. Here is my experience. Tim Owens looks to be a nice guy, likeable and honest, I trusted him the first time he showed up on my project. Because of this trust, I wasted 2 weeks of precious time (water keeps leaking) and $600 with no progress at all. Here are the key facts you should consider before you hire him to repair or replace your main water line. It may apply to other projects too. 1. Tim doesn't know the water line from the meter to the house is private property and 811 won't mark it. For someone who claims to do 2 to 3 water line a week, this is a huge warning sign. 2. Tim doesn't know that water line can be buried more than 3 feet deep, and he does not have the tool for the job. He would hand dig only, after you both are tired he will then ask for payment and leave. He said the payment would apply towards the future payment but he will double his future estimates. If you don't pay right away because nothing was done, he threatened to put a lien on your property. Based on my experience, I don't think you should hire for any work. Please don't repeat my mistake.
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ID
#1073682 Review #1073682 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Service
Tim Owen Construction Water Supply Pipes Replacement
Reason of review
Not as described/ advertised
Loss
$1000

Dishonest Quoting/Invoicing for Home Repairs/Construction - Tim Owens in RDU

Homeowners BEWARE! I recently found Tim Owens on Craigslist, advertising custom built tree houses. I had him come by for quote. He seemed fairly knowledgeable about being able to repair multiple things, highlighting his Toro Dingo that he used for trenching. That led to getting a quote on repairing what appeared from his assessment to be a large leak in my well supply line, which was an urgent issue in his estimation. Tim said it was hard to provide a firm quote because the work was exploratory in finding the leak and he wasn’t sure how long it would take. As a guideline, Tim said it should be $1000 or less, assuming a 2-day job—this estimation seemed in line with prior work I’ve had done, so we scheduled a date for him to start the work. Tim started the work, found the leak immediately, and completed with the job in only 6 hours. He said it was a relatively minor leak, unlike the initial assessment that prompted the quick repair. The big punch line comes when he invoices me for the work and asks for $900, almost the full $1000 quoted for a 2-day job! I questioned Tim on the amount, saying I was expecting something in the neighborhood of half the original 2-day quote, given it only took 6 hours—he said “sorry for the confusion” and waited for payment. In shock and concern for Tim placing a lien on the home, I made payment to him. Subsequent to payment, I discussed the situation to a contractor friend and he agreed that Tim had indeed taken advantage of me and excessively charged for the work done. I also later noticed on the invoice Tim had originally written $700, but noticeably changed the 7 to a 9, because what’s another couple hundred dollars when you’re already ripping someone off?!
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THIS REVIEW IS FOR TIM OWENS OF RALEIGH/DURHAM, NOT

TIM OWEN CONSTRUCTION OF OF CHARLOTTE.

ID
#631920 Review #631920 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Location
Raleigh, North Carolina
Reason of review
Pricing issue
Loss
$300
Preferred solution
Price reduction

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