We weren't "approached by" Gerry McGrattan. Unfortunately we inherited Gerry as a legacy of the other building company mentioned. More on that in moment.
They (Protia) were recommended by the Estate Agent, we saw examples of their work and had references. They also gave us a full and above board contract and quotation. What wasn't above board and became clear as they failed to deliver to the initial timelines in the first month of our build is that they had failed to grow the company strategically and had taken on more work than they could reasonably achieve. We, along with four other clients that we know of were left with incomplete work, and when insolvency was formalised, low down the creditors list behind HMRC ande rather gallingly, family members of the proprietor. What we had paid to that date was in line with industry standards, a deposit for materials and to secure the contract. Unfortunately that outstripped the value of the work completed in the first few days, and we then lost out.
Having had that financial hit, we naively took what seemed a very fair quote from Gerry McGrattan who had witnessed first hand what had happened to us, having been subcontracted onto our site before insolvency. We did get a formal quotation, within the limits that he is operating without business premises, but we did speak to others he had worked for, and saw examples of work he had done/was doing. At that time, and subsequently when he used his very personable character and Irish brogue charm to solicit odd jobs from our neighbours and others on our street, all seemed well. What became apparent however that the solictation was to cover a rapidly expanding cashflow gap brought on by a highly competitive, nay loss-making potentially, quote to complete our works. Being no QS, I am none the wiser. I did eveen question whether all was ok and offered for him to revise costs if he felt that parameters had changed. Gerry McGrattan didn't take up that offer.
I am now painfully aware as his walkout and spoiling actions has cost me signifcant further time, expense to remedy and has continued our lodging for a further two months on top of six already endured. I only hope others have a better experience. It is a minefield especially when trying to avoid the pricey corporate builders who evidently have bigger overheads to support.