Botched Bloomington kitchen project leads to charges against remodeler

  • Article by: Alejandra Matos , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 3, 2013 - 5:36 AM

Bloomington police said that Mark Kotek was operating as a contractor without a license.

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ChasmannDec. 3, 1310:32 AM

Biggest mistake, hiring a guy because his ad popped up on Google. Be smart people. Do some investigating beforehand.

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nick40Dec. 3, 1310:36 AM

Misdemeanor not enough-should be a felony-The guy is an unrepentent con man and nothing will change other than getting him off the street.

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Mallet21Dec. 3, 1310:43 AM

Sounds like its time for Mike Holmes to step in and "Make it Right" !!

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draven342Dec. 3, 1311:01 AM

KQ mentioned this story this morning, and the victim called in. Long story short, contractors agreed to offer their time to fix the situation.

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milhouseDec. 3, 1311:19 AM

"Biggest mistake, hiring a guy because his ad popped up on Google. Be smart people. Do some investigating beforehand." - While the 2nd part about doing your research is spot on, the 1st part is irrelevant. Same could be said for looking up a contractor in the phone book, or by word of mouth, etc. How else are you going to find them? Doing a google search is perfectly reasonable. So is researching the contractor's background.

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Jgambol1Dec. 3, 1311:22 AM

Oh great, the swindling contractor agreed to "fix the situation"? I'm sure the homeowner was happy to hear that....

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rogerbDec. 3, 1311:26 AM

Reminds me of the contractor who 'built' my deck in 1993. He was the middle bid and his references checked out. The first red flag should have been when he asked for 50% up front. After a delay in start up, materials being dumped on my driveway, a shovel for a post hole digger, at least 6 different crew workers, and 6 weeks of frustration, I had my deck. During the process I found out from the local building inspector he had done time in jail for code or licensing violations. You just never know.

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mnmoveDec. 3, 1311:27 AM

How are you going to find a good contractor? Try Angie's List, it's not perfect but much better than anything else I've found.

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draven342Dec. 3, 1311:28 AM

Jgambol1, it was outside contractors that offered their time and money to fix the situation.

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mplssellDec. 3, 1311:38 AM

If a Homeowner bought cabinets & contracted installation from Home Depot, Lowes, or Menards; would there be a guarantee of a licensed contractor, product quality, & satisfactory workmanship?

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