OVERLAND, MO (KTVI) - An Overland woman hits a brick wall trying to get a condemned property demolished. She says the contractor has received thousands of dollars. Dolores Miller's house was heavily damaged when a man suffered an epileptic seizure and lost control while driving on Tudor Avenue in Overland. Miller says it was clear the house was lost. 'It was condemned that night it. We were not supposed to go back in and get any of our things. It`s been a horrible thing. I feel terrible for the neighbors.'
It's dangerous and it is an eyesore so the city of Overland said it had to come down. It was September before Miller hired a contractor. She was referred to Espowe Contracting LLC. Miller says she was told it would cost 17,000 dollars. Then it was dropped to 13,000 dollars. So the homeowner wrote checks to pull permits and get the job started. 'She didn`t have the money to do it. She wanted the money up front so I gave her 12,000 dollars. Ever since I gave her the 12,000 dollars she hasn`t answered my phone calls'
A recent text message from the contractor indicated she was in the hospital. In the meantime Overland city officials are trying to be patient. But Miller has been warned that she could be fined. 'If they`re going to tear it down, they`re going to charge me which would be a lot more. I want my money back from her.'
I spoke with the owner of Espowe and she says the delays are not completely her fault. She is willing to finish the job. But if Miller isn't comfortable with that, the contractor is willing to refund Miller the money minus 1,500 dollars to cover expenses. Miller's son Luke just wants to be done with this experience. 'It`s been a nightmare. My mom`s on a fixed income, as it is already. And the burden of having to deal with this and all the other issues going on, it is really hurting everybody.'
Keep in mind the lowest bid may not always be the best bid. You have to do a thorough check before hiring a contractor. The Better Business Bureau is a good place to start and don't forget to check case.net, that will tell you if you're dealing with a person with a criminal record or one who's been sued. It's your money. Spend it wisely. Our Contact 2/Call for Action line is available if you have a consumer issue. The number is 800 782-2222. Call us between 11am and 1pm Monday through Thursday.