His real name is Mark Rayta, not Cipriano.
Mark's brothers, James Rayta, & Myers Rayta, work under Mark Rayta, (Cipriano Plumbing and Heating). They do home repairs and painting and Mark told us that he "would send over his brothers; they do great work and they are really cheap. Do you want me to send them over? I said "Yes".
They came over on Monday, Dec. 24. On paper James quoted us, "$300 for outside wood, $200 for inside paint for two windows, and $500 for labor. Total today $1,000 to start". Verbally we discussed just doing the inside painting and replacing boards on the shed ramp (11 pressure treated boards - 5 1/2" x 1" by 48 ") and if there was any leftover money, we would have other work for them.
They worked 3 1/4 hrs Monday, 12/24 (including 2 hrs. Time buying materials at Home Depot). The total of the materials was approximately $175.
They worked 3 1/4 hrs. On Monday, 12/24, left early, excuse - Christmas shopping.
They worked 3 hrs. On Wednesday 12/26, left early, excuse - another appointment.
They worked 1 1/4 hrs. On Friday 12/28
Total hours 7 1/2 hrs. So it was a total of 7 1/2 hrs. Labor and $175 materials.
I went to Home Depot and checked the prices with help of a HD employee. When they came back today (12/28) they wanted more money for more material and labor. They said they didn't have any money left and that they
had applied the material money to labor. James said they need to get $250 per day even if it isn't a full day. That $250 per day was never even mentioned in our prior-job talk.
They didn't need 3 days to do 7 1/2 hrs. Work. We told them they owed us $300 back for materials since they only spent less than $200 on them ($500 minus $200). They argued with us, and left saying we cheated them. They have not yet given us a receipt for the materials.
They cheated us by misrepresenting their costs and labor up front. Basically, if we don't get any money back, we will have paid more than $100 per hour for labor ($200 materials and $800 for 7 1/2 hrs. Labor = $1,000).
Incidentally, we had to do touch up work of several hours for parts of the window painting that corners or sides of the window frame along the wall etc. Were missed completely or parts where the second coat appeared not to be done completely because the wood showed through the paint on the face plates.
I would like to make other potential customers aware of these frauds.
We are senior citizens who have been scammed!