You know, I’m not much of a complainer, although my husband might tend to disagree, but I have to say one thing that can hopefully save other people from making the biggest mistake my family’s life:

DO NOT HIRE HARTCO DESIGN BUILDERS of Las Vegas or GARRY HART of Las Vegas to build your home unless you want MAJOR problems!

Building a custom home has its ups and downs in a perfect situation. However, imagine this: not only did Hartco poorly perform our home build (we’ve had roof leaks since the first rain after we moved in, including other issues which I’ll list), but it’s been an perpetual legal battle with a frivolous lawsuit and fights with the contractor’s board (who are also absolutely worthless!).

Here is the list I had of just a few of the issues we have had with the quality of our build prior to us moving in:

·         Paint edgework and caulk in the ENTIRE house and garage = horrendous

·         Roof tile pieces and garbage around house (no site cleanup)

·         Had to pay a cleanup company to clean inside of house before moving in which was actually in our contract for him to do

·         Stucco at front entry way was unpainted near the sidewalk in two locations where stucco was fixed

·         Drywall attic access door in hallway was missing

·         Drywall attic access door in bathroom was not painted or finished

·         Brick in front of the garage was unfinished at each garage door

·         Major stucco cracks on back patio in ceiling and walls

·         Eave vents were not installed per plan or code (house and RV garage)

·         Reflective barrier insulation not properly taped off in ceiling

·         Reflective barrier insulation not properly installed in walls

·         Roof penetration flashing was not secured down

·         Flange on garage entry door to house and weather proofing not installed

·         Weather proofing on RV entry door not installed

·         All interiors doors would not close without slamming (some would not close at all)

·         Floor damage in RV garage and attached garage

·         Broken roof tiles

·         Missing lighting fixtures in closets and bathrooms

·         Brick on fireplace has been spray painted, grout installed incorrectly and poorly done

·         Hole in master closet wall (drywall)

·         No mirrors in any of the bathrooms

·         Paint flaking off all exterior doors

·         Unfinished (no paint, no stain) thresholds throughout exterior doors

·         No finished grading of property as per contract

·         Broken shower faucet in second bathroom

·         Rain water coming through the floor because of unfinished power line in the foundation

·         Rain water coming through the window in both from bedrooms to below the window and onto the floor

·         Rain water coming through the ceiling in our living room and ruining the drywall over about a 20ft by 15ft section

·         Rain water coming through the wall in our entry way closet

He also “hired” (which his foreman backed in front of our construction control company) people off the street to build our roof (police were called many times due to public drunkeness and fighting), and refused to respond to the countless bills we received at our home from his subcontractors by mail AND by them knocking on our door!

He absolutely refused to do a final walk thru with us before we moved in. We contacted him time and time again where he refused our calls. Pretty sad when you need to be forced by the Contractor’s Board to make fixes on a house you built! Speaking of Contractor’s Board, they’re also worthless! We told the investigator about our leaks throughout our house in our ceiling areas and in the windows of the front bedrooms. His reply was to say that since he couldn’t see the leak, he couldn’t judge against him. I told him that I would be more than happy to put a sprinkler to spray water to which he stated that he would not do that. So the next time it rained, I tried to call him but he was booked and couldn’t come out. WORTHLESS!

Garry Hart was ordered to fix some of the issues and was given about three weeks to perform the work. Guess what he couldn’t finish in three weeks? You guessed it. But guess what the Contractor’s Board gave him? Yep, you guessed it, an extension! How can we be expected to take off that much work or pay someone to sit and babysit this guy?? A guy I certainly don’t want around my infant twins, my personal belongings, you get my picture?!

So he decides to file a lawsuit against us for not paying on change orders we never saw, signed or agreed to AFTER he signed a Notice of Settlement from our lawyer. Back and forth, back and forth he went with our lawyer, even going so far as to telling her he was on all kinds of mental medications etc etc and even inviting my lawyer to Disnleyland (WTF?) and then all the sudden, he stopped pursuing the litigation. So we waited, and waited to hear what his next move was. And of course, if you know anything about lawsuits, he is supposed to send our lawyer a notification on any motions in the case…well apparently he moved forward without notifying our lawyer or us and he won the lawsuit because we weren’t there to represent ourselves! But as soon as we found out about that we countered with an appeal that we were never notified of our next court date or any motions and we were awarded the dismissal of the judgment and attorney fees for him lying under oath (of which he didn’t even get a slap on the wrist for!! Just a shake of the finger!). The judge was extremely unhappy and he finally hired a lawyer, then fired, then hired another, because they all told him the same thing…he was going to lose. So he dropped his lawsuit. Frivolity at it’s FINEST!!!!

So we’re back to square one…our roof leaks, and the contractor’s board said that they would allow him to come fix it if they found it to be an installation or manufacturer issue. Which of course it is, but how can I let this scumbag in my house again after what he put us through?

My fix…telling the world not to hire Garry Hart , Hartco Design Builders, Hartco Construction, Hartco Electric Inc, or Garry Lynn Hart DBA,  Nevada State License #s: 0036126 or 0055137B or 0069255

DO YOUR RESEARCH! CALL FOR REAL REFERENCES! DON’T MAKE THE MISTAKE WE MADE!!!

Email me for more specific information at stefwin78@yahoo.com

 

Here are a few of the damage pictures:

 

Water Damage in the Babies Room

Water Damage in the Babies Room

 

Outside Babies Room the Next Day

Outside Babies Room the Next Day

 

 
 
 
 
 

Fireplace with BAD grout PRIOR to spraypaint

Fireplace with BAD grout PRIOR to spraypaint

 

 
 
 
 
 

Finished Product???? YUCK!!!

Finished Product???? YUCK!!!

 

WHATEVER!

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Comments
  1. stefwin78 says:

    Thanks for reading…Please forward and feel free to email me for a reference!

  2. Steve Winton says:

    It amazes me that some of these problems got by the city of Henderson inspectors. But, form what I hear , it sholuldn’t really be a surprise. That is really sad!!!!! Why do they even bother to come by job sites and sign off on poorly done work and work that can not possibly meet code??

  3. Simon Veredon says:

    Thanks!

    I had a bad experience with him also, albeit on a smaller scale, but inconvenient and expensive enough to mention. He was going to install a clean out for $1000 to help us out. Well, the bill ran $2000, because of complications and in the end the clean out was half the size it should be according to code and plumbers have found it to small to be of any use! Since then I have put over 20 calls in to him to give me a proper invoice and haven’t received one yet (it’s been 6 months). Oh, and we had the same problem with his workers approaching us for money saying they hadn’t gotten paid, making use responsible. IN the end his offer to help was just as expensive as any other contractor, but the job done is not usable and not up to code.

    • stefwin78 says:

      I’m sorry for your experience! I didn’t feel comfortable posting anything about him until after his frivolous lawsuit was over but I wish you would’ve read it before you hired him!! Spread the word on review sites too, I would like his reputation and the truth about him to be spread so no one else goes through what we went through!!!

  4. […] You know, I'm not much of a complainer, although my husband might tend to disagree, but I have to say one thing that can hopefully save other people from making the biggest mistake my family’s life: DO NOT HIRE HARTCO DESIGN BUILDERS of Las Vegas or GARRY HART of Las Vegas to build your home unless you want MAJOR problems! Building a custom home has its ups and downs in a perfect situation. However, imagine this: not only did Hartco poorly perfor … Read More […]

  5. Mark Fournier says:

    It seems like I am the latest victim of HARTCO HELL…. I hired him to work on two bathrooms in my house and all I can say is “oh my god” the rough in work was so bad!!!! Unfortunately, I was going to be out of town for a while so I paid most of the money in advance. When I saw how bad the work was, I made a deal to just have some one else fix his work and finish the job and he was going to re-imburse my money back. Well, as you probably guessed I didn’t get any money back. He kept $4700 of money for work he never performed. I went to the contractors board and I got the same run around that it seems like you all have gotten. I might have a solution to the problem though. Stefwin78 please contact me. I emailed you at the email you posted and you can find my post to beware of HARTCO on craigslist.

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