Andy Geckler = Incompetent Builder.
I would go with a negative 4 stars if I could. We have experienced all of the same problems that everyone else has had. Andy Geckler is responsive until you sign the contract. We often went weeks to months without a response despite repeated phone calls and e-mails. It wasn’t until they needed money that they would again become responsive. Prices agreed to would often shift and products agreed to would often be changed to that of lesser quality. Unexpected extra charges were also commonplace. Time-lines were completely fictional in dealing with these people. 90 days, more like a year or two or never. Our home has yet to be finished. Geckler and Associates greatest weakness is that they failed to communicate to anyone. We were at the job site daily and often had to correct the sub-contractors because they were rarely given any information from Geckler and Associates. We caught numerous shortcuts on our home and I have serious concerns for everyone else who had a home built by Andy Geckler. Effectively there was no Job Supervisor at any of their job sites. The individual designated for this position was completely unqualified and was ridiculed by the sub-contractors for his lack of knowledge and his lack of competence. Andy Geckler himself was nearly as bad. If he didn’t have the work he had to offer in this market, most of the sub-contractors would have refused to work for him. The only times that anything went smooth on the construction was when I contacted and coordinated directly with the sub-contractors myself, which makes you wonder why we paid Geckler and Associates to be the General Contractor. He was also continuously changing sub-contractors which he claimed was because of lack of quality in their work but I think most of us now know it was because he was not paying them. We are also experiencing the wrath of the unpaid sub-contractors through Liens placed on our home. I am certain that at least with some of the sub-contractors he brought in, he never intended to pay them.
Initially his value was good which is one of the reasons we went with him but you pay for this value in pain, suffering, and unexpected extra charges. I can say that at the beginning Andy was great to deal with and despite all of the problems I find it hard to believe he intentionally set out to make his customer’s lives hell. I mean what kind of moron would intentionally build a bunch of homes poorly around his own home? Apparently Andy Geckler would, just talk to those dissatisfied customers in his neighborhood.
As his parents company went down things got worse and worse for Geckler and Associates. Their offices were locked out but they never admitted to that. Geckler family members took over most of the work and customer service went into the toilet. They were unorganized before all this happened but things got much worse as the Geckler family members became more involved. Desperation appears to have driven more and more of Andy’s actions, eventually leading to actions that would be considered criminal by most in accordance to the laws of this state.
If I had to summarize Andy Geckler of Geckler and Associates I would use incompetent, disorganized, irresponsible, selfish, disrespectful, and criminal to name a few.
VERY SAD. Its very disappointing to see someone or some people take advantage of others dreams. These men will get what is coming to them. There are a lot more victims here.
Like a few others have already said if I could put in negative stars I would. Where do I start with all this? Well as I've now seen like many others we were told many great things about Andrew "Andy" Geckler and about how all he cares about is making your dreams come true in your new home. Well as many others have already stated once we signed the papers he was no where to be found. We would go to the home as it was being built and like Andy and Todd Priebe (Andy's realtor) told us we should do when we met with them before signing. Then as things are going wrong and there wasn't a "job sup" to be found we would try to call them and wouldn't hear back for weeks. Anyway now Andy has taken our down payment and from what I understand 12 others down payments and filed bankruptcy. We were told there would be "no problem" at all getting us into our new house by July 1st. Well now we still aren't in it and we are left with no down payment and no home.
Do NOT build a home through these people and I'd say if the last name Geckler is tied to the company your going to deal with RUN and RUN far. From what I'm hearing Andy Geckler put a bunch of his sub contractors out of work because he did not pay anyone for anything on the homes he was building. Also I've heard that he(Andy Geckler) falsified lien holder documents. This guy should go to prison and think about all the people he has put out. I did read names of these people that were involved with other homeowners (Andy Geckler, Rich Geckler, Cathy Geckler, Steve Karl, Dick Geckler and Todd Preibe) which we also at some point had some sort of contact with during our process. All I can say about those people is that they all had to know something was going on so don't trust any of these people either!
OVERALL......these people are thieves, liars and trash if you ask me! Run far away from them!
Insert NEGATIVE STARS HERE!
So frustrated by this whole thing! I trusted this guy... and I don't get fooled by too many people. This guy is good... his next career should be a used car salesman. He could probably sell eggs to a chicken.
Mostly negative. Can I give negative stars? He is a great salesman with good ideas, but it stops once you sign on the line. My "3 month" project took 5 months and only because I called and e-mailed him daily when over a week would go by without any progress. I eventually started calling subs myself to get stuff done. I thought the pain was over once I moved in, but then the lien notices started coming in because he didn't pay for a few things (floors, yard). I try to give people the benefit of the doubt too, but I draw the line when it means I'm expected to pay subcontractors for things I already paid my contractor to do. I would build my own house before I ever have Geckler do another house for me. You can call it financial mismanagement, but I feel stolen from.
I notice that a lot of these reviews have been posted recently. It really is funny considering I was unable to find anything negative about Geckler and Associates when I was first looking them up.
I had a fair experience with the building process. There were a lot of small issues that were preventing us from closing, but we have a wonderful first house and have not had too many issues as of late (it is still fairly new mind you.)
After the fact things were a little more rough. I try to see the good in everyone and I am giving Andy, or whoever managed the finances for his company, the benefit of the doubt. Geckler and Associates recently filed for bankruptcy. Unfortunately, even though I have close on my house, I am getting a back lash from some of the contractors who are filing leans to get their money. It seems like Geckler probably over extended their credit building new houses for the end of the first time home buyers rush and too many of those closings fell through.
Long story semi-short, I should be saved by my Owner's Title Insurance, and since I do not blame Geckler and Associates for their financial inexperience I'll at least give them a fair review.
RUN, RUN, RUN.
We also built our home through Andy Geckler. Before we signed papers and paid the money he was available both day and night. Answered all questions via email and phone and was available to meet whenever. After he got paid and the building started it went downhill VERY fast. No lie, we came out to the jobsite atleast once every two days and never once saw Andy on the site. We had to babysit their every move. They shortcut in everyway they can, it's evident when now we call subcontractors because Andy's nowhere to be found two have said they no longer work for Andy because he had them cut so many corners and they were sick of getting the backlash from customers.
When it comes to what's in writing as to what is suppose to be in the house, he throws that out the window. Example, in our contract we were told we would have a specific type, finish, and brand of paint; we were no dummies and knew Andy put in a cheaper finish and cheaper brand so we asked him and he said no he did not. We decided to call the paint place and indeed they confirmed he had painted the entire house in a cheaper finish and product.
It's been a year now and it's time for our year walk through. Our doors were not sealed right, everytime it rains water poors in, the doors no longer shut and lock going into bedrooms, are woodflooring is seperating, the cabinets are peeling from the walls. . .the list goes on and on. We have tried contacting Andy for three weeks and he's nowhere to be found, no email responses, no phone calls. We are now having to seek legal action because he could not back his work and follow through with the warranty agreement. We have numerous friends who have built through builders like Keyland, Centex, Legacy etc. and not a single one has had the issues we have had. My advice to potential homebuilders, he scams you. I'm not sure how much more we could have been on the jobsite considering we were practically there every day! If I would have known we would have had hired a builder whose skills were that of a two year old we would have done it ourselves! RUN as fast as you can AWAY from these builders!!!!
Should have listened. I built a home in '09 and should have listened to "Buyer Beware"s review. I've never written a review before but my poor experience with Geckler and the other reviews now showing up I wanted to add to that. Andy is all great and creative before signing with him, then after that it falls off abrubtly. You constantly have to babysit them and the stress of them not doing what you asked of them gets old. Contacting them is an absolute nightmare. Build quality is OK, but when you find something that's wrong or broken it is a pain to get fixed. STAY AWAY
Worst EVER!!. Andy Geckler may love to build home but all you'll get from him and his "associates" is a huge run around! Like others have said they want you to sign and then you can't get a hold of anyone. You'll see your house being trashed as it's being built and they don't want to talk to you. I would never build a house with these guy's again. We have a house now but nobody should have that much stress in this process. Also they do try to add a bunch of extra charges so watch that also. To many BAD surprises in the home building process with them! Run and run far from them!
Gecklers Don't Apologize!.
Both the Geckler fundraising company owned by the
parents and Geckler and Associates home builder owned by the son Andrew have gone through business failures. On one hand one has to feel sorry for them but on the other hand we see vacationing in Italy, BMW, Cadillac Escalade, extravagant home, etc. Still, despite all the financial damage they have caused others, NOT ONE APOLOGY. Instead they say that they will honor all their agreements and help the people that they have damaged. That is garbage because it never happens. The schools, suppliers, salespeople, subcontractors, home buyers, etc. are all SOL and it is not going to change. It would be a somewhat redeeming gesture if the Gecklers
would accept responsibility for what they have done
to others by communicating some form of regret and
apology. To just write this off as "S_ _ _ Happens"
and it's the economy and the banks fault does not excuse all the disingenuous and self serving behavior.
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