We hired Steve Myers to help remodel a front porch in May 2008. Steve comes across as a pleasant, and experienced handyman, but after our dealings with him I would warn any homeowner against hiring him.
As is often the case with home improvement projects, our porch project turned out to be more involved than we had originally planned. When we first met Steve I had concerns about whether person who bills himself as a "handyman" would be up to the job, even when it seemed as if the project would be fairly straight forward. Throughout our dealings with him, even as it became apparent that the project would involve a complete re-do of the porch, Steve repeatedly assured us he felt entirely comfortable with the job. He suggested that his abilities were more along the lines of a contractor, saying that others had encouraged him to get his contractors license, but that he had chosen not to do so because he liked to work on his own, and had not been satisfied with the quality of work of others. I asked Steve whether he was licensed and bonded, and initially he said he was, then said something about "working with someone who is." Stupidly, I did not pursue this any further. Ultimately, Steve demolished our entire covered porch. Two days later he failed to show up for work. Later that day he called and said that he had been "pulling [his] hair out " trying to determine what to do and had decided he had to abandon our project. He cited family issues and "a couple of smaller projects [I have] going" that needed his attention--this after he had torn off the entire front of our house, rendering the front entrance unusable, and exposing the frame of the house to the elements. He recommended a contractor friend of his, whom he said was "even better than me," who never follow up with us, and whom I later found out has a suspended license. Over the next several days we left multiple messages with Steve saying that we needed to meet with him to settle our account, as we had given him approximately $4000. He never called back, but 5 days later came to our house to gather items he had left behind, and also to leave a note on the door indicating that we owed him another $600+. When my husband heard him in the front, he had him come in the house, at which point Steve offered to "waive the rest" of the fee, and even gave us a "gift certificate" for another 8 hours of "free work."
In my husband's (generous) opinion, Steve may in fact have some family issues, and used them as an excuse to abandon a project he realized he was unqualified to complete. In my (less generous) opinion, Steve did nothing less than repeatedly lie about his experience, and then had no qualms about ditching us and his responsibilities when it suited him. I am further appalled by the fact that he even considered leaving us a bill for another $600+, as well as by his conceit that we would ever want to have anything more to do with him, except, perhaps, in the setting of small claims court.
Steve said that his referrals come by word of mouth, many as a result of Judy's Book postings. I hope our experience may help others avoid being duped by this unethical man.