I was recently hired by a contractor from way out of town to inspect their family members new construction home (s) in Vernon Florida. If you are not from this area you must first understand that Washington County, Fl only has one building code inspector and his name is Mike Gordon. The main complaint was that there were moisture intrusion problems that the clients had noticed early on in the construction process that the contractor RANDY WILSON CONSTRUCTION INC blamed on a bad window and door, so the contractor took apart the brand new windows, applied sealant, thus degassing/ruining them, which most likely violated the manufacturers warranty.
I was very nice when I said moisture intrusion problems, when what was actually going on was a "free flow" of water from the 2nd floor that runs down the wall of the first floor. This condition was witnessed and documented by me, but also captured unitentionally by the homeowners historical documentation, which clearly shows that the contractor failed to complete the exterior building envelope.
Once arriving on the property, I was greeted by the Contractors employee, who told me that I had 5 minutes to get out of the home before the contractor arrived, so after telling the contractors monkey to go away, I called the homeowner to meet us at the property. However the homeowner did not make it there prior to the contractor, and I was quickly surrounded by his boys, and therefore he felt empowered to explain to me that I wasn't from that area, and regardless of who owned the property that I was to answer to him. Needless to say there was a bit of body language and vocal inflections used by the contractor that I felt were inappropriate, so I told him to tone it down a bit, and told him that the homeowner or police were the only folks opinion that I was concerned with.
Fortunately, my clients arrived and told the contractor that I was hired by them, and he said "let's go look at things", and I said " I would like some privacy with my clients" and he stated in a very bullying way to my clients that they did not have the right to speak with me alone on the property, so I told him to go away and he did.
Shortly after my departure, the contractor/bully told my clients that "This was his house until he was done at that nobody, including the owners could enter until he was done" and promptly locked them out.
My findings revealed a complete absence of an exterior envelope that would prevent water intrusion from wind driven rain, which will require significant drywall replacement, as well as insulation/mold remediation, and that he had also destroyed their brand new window and door.
I initially bid this job as a little over break even, as it was a 2 hour round trip, because I felt that there were people in need. Now that I have seen how bad this contractor has treated these nice people, I have given them the 1st trip for free and will come back out with my senior inspector at no additional charge. I could care less how much this costs me in the end, because these people are in need, and it is obvious that the municipality is not going to help them.