Contractor Leaves Jobs Unfinished

Customers who hired Barton Construction did their homework and checked to see if there had been any complaints about the firm. There weren't any but the research didn't help.

Eight months pregnant, Jamie Cook says her house expansion is overdue.

"I have enough to do without having to get out and side the house myself," she says.

After weeks of promises instead of siding and gutters for her $6,000 Jamie and her family were told that Barton Home Improvement has closed its doors.

Barton left 30 customers with projects unfinished or not started ranging in cost from $2,000 to $20,000.

"We don't have that kind of money to just throw away," Jamie said.

Through Six on Your Side Jaime reached the contractor's wife by phone and was told, "At this time we can't refund the deposit. We're going to do everything in our power to do the work," but the timetable is uncertain.

Jaime checked out Barton Home Improvement before paying the $6,000 in May but there were no indications of trouble at that time.

Jim Hegarty, with the Better Business Bureau says, "There were no indictors there was a problem with the company. There was no slow trickle of complaints."

While Barton Home Improvement moves toward bankruptcy the contactor's wife and son vow to finish projects and Jamie says all she can do now is hope, "cross my fingers and hope that somebody comes up with siding for my house."

The BBB says Barton has what amounts to $70,000 worth of unfinished work. Customers have been told this is a civil, not a criminal matter however Nebraska's attorney general says his office is looking into what can be done to help consumers and subcontractors.


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