FOX 29 Gets Results: Contractor Agrees to Finish Job - Boston News, Weather, Sports | FOX 25 | MyFoxBoston

FOX 29 Gets Results: Contractor Agrees to Finish Job

Posted: Updated:
Monica Howard claims a contractor started work on her home but didn't finish. Monica Howard claims a contractor started work on her home but didn't finish.
Overbrook, Philadelphia -

A Philadelphia woman says a contractor started work on her house and then didn't finish, after she paid $19,000.

It appeared to be a stand-off between the contractor who was still owed money, and the homeowner who felt she had already paid plenty.

So Fox 29 stepped in to get results.

Monica Howard needed work done on the outside of her Overbrook home, so she hired Marvel Builders & Remodeling, a company that came recommended by a friend. Howard signed an agreement in August. For $22,000, the contractor would complete a long list of repairs. Howard paid half up front, and then another $8,000 the following month. But she says the company owner, Michael Zeitz, didn't do all he promised.

On the phone, Zeitz insisted he did almost everything.

"The only thing that's left to do is some painting and some cement work, and that is worth the $3,000 that she owes me," Zeitz insisted.

Howard says some of the work the contractor did do is shoddy, like the repair on the overhang, which is already falling down.

So she got a lawyer, who sent a Zeitz a letter demanding action.

Zeitz responded in October, promising in writing, "I will complete job to the satisfaction of your clients." But Howard says he never did. "If he can finish the work, good, it's okay," Howard told Fox 29. "But if he can't do it I want my money back to get somebody to do it."

After Fox 29 intervened, Zeitz agreed to repair the overhang and remove an antenna on the roof, as promised in the original contract. And he said he would send a sub-contractor to do the rest of the work, in exchange for payment of the outstanding $3,000 balance.

"I will speak to him and maybe he can paint it and do the stucco all next week," Zeitz said. Fox 29 told the contractor, "We're going to follow up on this to make sure that the overhang and the antenna are removed tomorrow, and then we'll check back next week and make sure that it's all taken care of."

Howard agreed to pay the sub-contractor half the outstanding balance, and will pay the other half when the work is done. Fox 29 will be watching, to make sure she gets results.

  • Send Email To FOX 29 News

    Have problems? Tell us.

    FOX 29 News is #GettingResults.

    * denotes required fields
    We're sorry, but only one entry is allowed per person.
    Thank you for your continued interest.

    Thanks for contacting FOX 29 News!

  • Getting ResultsMore>>

  • Getting Results: Residents Fed Up With Illegal Dumping

    Getting Results: Residents Fed Up With Illegal Dumping

    Monday, September 15 2014 5:21 PM EDT2014-09-15 21:21:23 GMT
    Two years ago, FOX 29 got the Streets Department to clean up the mess along the 3000 block of West Abbotsford Avenue where trash and overgrown weeds were forcing walkers to detour into busy traffic, well now, the problem has returned.
    Two years ago, FOX 29 got the Streets Department to clean up the mess along the 3000 block of West Abbotsford Avenue where trash and overgrown weeds were forcing walkers to detour into busy traffic, well now, the problem has returned.
  • Getting Results: Resident Fed Up With Living Next To Vacant Home

    Getting Results: Resident Fed Up With Living Next To Vacant Home

    Wednesday, June 11 2014 10:24 PM EDT2014-06-12 02:24:23 GMT
    Fox 29 is working to get results for one local woman who fears for her safety.In a region filled with rowhomes, a homeowners’ worst nightmare is the home next door becoming vacant, and slowly disintegrating.Sharon Redwood says she's owned her home on West 6th Street in Chester, Delaware County, for most of her adult life.She says the place next door has been vacant for years.It’s become an eyesore, and a dangerous one at that."The roof has fallen from the third floor, down to the basement. (F...
    Fox 29 is working to get results for one local woman who fears for her safety.In a region filled with rowhomes, a homeowners’ worst nightmare is the home next door becoming vacant, and slowly disintegrating.Sharon Redwood says she's owned her home on West 6th Street in Chester, Delaware County, for most of her adult life.She says the place next door has been vacant for years.It’s become an eyesore, and a dangerous one at that."The roof has fallen from the third floor, down to the basement. (F...
  • Veterans' Career Expo Held On Pearl Harbor Day

    Veterans' Career Expo Held On Pearl Harbor Day

    Friday, December 7 2012 6:04 PM EST2012-12-07 23:04:33 GMT
    December 7th, 1941, is of course "a date which will live in infamy." Seventy-one years ago today, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, drawing the United States into World War II. The assault on the Hawaiian
    December 7th, 1941, is of course "a date which will live in infamy." Seventy-one years ago today, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, drawing the United States into World War II. The assault on the Hawaiian
  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Coast Guard Searches For 83-Year Old Man In Long Beach Island

    Coast Guard Searches For 83-Year Old Man In Long Beach Island

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 11:08 AM EDT2014-09-16 15:08:18 GMT
    The Coast Guard is searching for a missing 83-year-old man Tuesday off the coast of Beach Haven.The 83-year-old man, who has Alzheimer's disease, reportedly headed to the beach on Long Beach Island early Tuesday.
    The Coast Guard is searching for a missing 83-year-old man Tuesday off the coast of Beach Haven.The 83-year-old man, who has Alzheimer's disease, reportedly headed to the beach on Long Beach Island early Tuesday.
  • Philly's Courtney Lapresi Wins MasterChef

    Philly's Courtney Lapresi Wins MasterChef

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 8:39 AM EDT2014-09-16 12:39:08 GMT
    Congratulations to Courtney Lapresi, 25 who is now the MasterChef!  (PHOTO: FOX BROADCASTING)Congratulations to Courtney Lapresi, 25 who is now the MasterChef! (PHOTO: FOX BROADCASTING)
    Congrats to our own Philly girl who is now the MasterChef!
    Congrats to our own Philly girl who is now the MasterChef!
  • Police: Man Kills Daughter's Boyfriend Climbing In Window

    Police: Man Kills Daughter's Boyfriend Climbing In Window

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 7:13 AM EDT2014-09-16 11:13:20 GMT

    Philadelphia police say a man shot and killed his daughter's 31-year-old boyfriend after the boyfriend was caught trying to climb into a window.

    Philadelphia police say a man shot and killed his daughter's 31-year-old boyfriend after the boyfriend was caught trying to climb into a window.

Powered by WorldNow

25 FOX Drive
Dedham, MA 02026

Phone (781) 467-2525

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices