Complaint / review text:
In July 2009, on the recommendation of ServiceMagic, I hired Bishop Painting, LLC to repaint my Victorian two-storey house. Winsley Bishop, the owner, gave me a handwritten contract, specifying the work to be done, the time frame, and a statement that the paint was guaranteed for five years. The job extended way over the time frame, with the painters leaving to take other jobs before mine was finished. And it was not until November, with plastic covering the porch and space heaters, that it was completed. The cost overruns were in the thousands. I was told later by Mr. Bishop that his wife was the one who had written up the contract, that he had failed to review it, and that he needed more money. I refused to send the extra amount that he wanted, given all the problems and stress with getting the job done.
Then he took me to court to collect it. I didn't hire a lawyer, feeling sure that I had a good case. He had a lawyer, and he won. I have tried to put the whole experience behind me, taking some comfort in thinking the paint job itself was a good one. But I am now being told by a painter I trust that the paint is "popping" all over the house. I have tried to contact Mr. Bishop and put in a call to ServiceMagic, but he has not responded and he has not been with Service Magic since 2009. Is there any recourse for getting him to comply with his paint guarantee of five years?