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The Deck Dude LLC

Grand Rapids, MI

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the deck dude llc is a family run business with over 20 years of experience in the trades all trades

The Deck Dude LLC in Grand Rapids, MI specializes in trades outside the scope of home improvement. They have been in business for 23 years.

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Serving 30 mile radius from Grand Rapids, MI
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The Deck Dude LLC
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Grand Rapids
Wednesday, October 19, 2016

I would give 0 stars if possible. I had Johnathan out to my house to do some easy work (maybe 1-2 days max). After asking several times when he could start he finally came to my house and started the work. He worked for approximately 3 hours on the project and left. I didn't think that the job looked right but I paid him cash anyway (huge mistake - never give him cash). Anyway, I ended up having 3 different professionals come out and look at his work because it needed to be redone. One of the professionals told me it was one of the worst jobs he's ever seen and the other two suggested I sue him to get my money back. I first asked him to fix the job then decided I wanted my money back and would hire someone that knew what they were doing. When I asked for my money back John instantly got mad and told me "Money back is not an option on a cash deal. So why don't you think about what you want and let me know responsibility and I will do it". After telling him what I wanted he argued with me that it wasn't in the original scope of work (what I wanted was the job done right the first time). Long story short - don't use this company. He likes to talk about all the jobs he's done and how great of an online presence he has (although neither are done well).


Sunday, August 07, 2016

EDIT - After the initial not-so-great experience the deck dude came back and fixed the quality issues. I respect that he followed through and stood by his work. The timing could have been better.

S. M.

Friday, August 05, 2016

Agree with C!! Required half down, made promises but couldn't commit to a start date! He didn't want a permit! After research with the state, he is not licensed under his personal name or business name!! I canceled my services with him and he agreed to refund my deposit! It has been weeks and weeks and my deposit is still not refunded!! He has every excuse in the book. Checks from other customers bounced, it's going to cause a hardship to his family.... on and on. I have hired an attorney and Jonathan is on notice that he illegally converted funds for his own benefit and that is a crime!! DO NOT USE THIS GUY!! Complete scam! Takes customers money to live and when he gets enough(other customers) to cover the job you paid half down on, he might show up!! If anyone else has had any issues with this company, please contact Henry Erb from Target 8, he is currently investigating The Deck Dude!


Saturday, July 02, 2016

Started out OK, but went south pretty fast (right after deposit). Never pay 1/2 deposit. After changing scope, he 'punished' me with price increase, and still couldn't commit to a date. Held deposit for 3 months before work began and would not give money back or allow me to cancel. Showed up, tore old deck apart, and left it like that for a couple of weeks. When work began, they showed up with boards that were too short, and I was blamed because of the drawing I sent had wrong measurements. Who does that? Using a customer drawing to base a wood order on without confirming measurements, etc? Doesn't check on his staff very well either (one worker told me he had a felony conviction during chit-chat about jobs, WTH?). The final product is just OK. I am not even sure the deck would pass an inspection, and I was told a permit was not needed which I am now questioning (hint: call township and don't trust someone's word). 1/2" gap at one railing at wall, and the railing is a bit flimsy. No posts anywhere along railing to make it more solid. Job site was left a total mess, staples and tags left in boards and scrap and cigarette butts everywhere. Also, the wood siding near the entry door was just placed up next to house instead of reattaching it. A lot of the deck boards were placed with the stamp face up, so now I need to sand all that off in order to stain or paint the deck. To say I am disappointed is an understatement. DO NOT USE THIS COMPANY.


Q. Why does your work stand out from others?
A. I do it write the first time or I don't do it.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. the completion of another job done well always makes me feel great!
Q. Describe three recent jobs you've completed.
A. Trim pac on the Children's Out let store at the new TANGER mall in Byron center MI also remolded a children's out let store in Toledo, OH Built five decks, installed a hard wood floor, trimmed out a kitchen, roof repair, jacked up a house, remolded a new manufacture building start to finish, 2500 feet of new office, 30,000 foot ware house building, I can go on but, all in the spring and summer 2014-2015
Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. finish work
Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?
A. Trade classes in High school and summer jobs as a teenager
Q. What is your greatest strength?
A. communicating, sales, people management,
Q. Do you do anything to stay up on the latest developments in your field?
A. News, TV, papper, web, ect. Home shows, remodel shows, lead class, going to school to get BA in Business

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