Lee Douglas Interiors Inc
4144 S 48th St, Lincoln, NE 68506
Phone: (402) 488-4204
Fax Number: (402) 488-4204
Fax: (402) 488-4204
Specialties: Corporate, Blinds, Interior, Commercial, Business, Artwork, Residential, Workplace, Homes, Home Interiors, Finishes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
We just completed our first home construction. It was an interesting process to say the least. LDI was recommend by a friend and we were very sceptical to say the least about using such a place. I went in and met with them and explained our budget and was reassured that they could work with our budget. They received a copy of our flooring allowance and specific numbers we had to work with. They said no problem, we can stay within that budget. We moved forward and I met with them to pick out flooring and some accent lights for the house.
I had two days before the electrical inspection and had still not received the bid for the lights. I contact them and restated that I needed them asap. They were out of town when I received a bid for lighting of $9,500 for some accent lights for the bathrooms, living room, etc. Most of the lights for the bathroom were over $400 each. We had verbally discussed lighting for around $100 each. That was way out of our budget and I was a bit upset as I had little time to find alternatives myself which I did for ¼ that price. We had specifically discussed cost and even went so far as to define a price range for lights. They went way beyond what we had discussed. I was unable to use anything that they had provided.
I expressed great concern over this and we discussed moving forward on the flooring and was reassured that they had exact numbers on the flooring allowance (actual contract for the house) and this would not be an issue again. LDI was given a flooring allowance of $16,000 (which I will admit, I later discovered was too low but nonetheless, that is what they were given and said “not a problem, we can make this work”) and they sent us a bid for $53,000. Yep, and nothing was said prior and this was just e-mailed and stated “let us know if you would like to move forward”. I only agreed to work with them and move forward because I was told very specifically that they could work within the numbers they were given. I was VERY upset and I think rightfully so. I received a call the next morning and was yelled at, told the allowance was ridiculous and impossible, and I would pay their consultation fee or I could deal with the collection agency. I was not offered an apology of any kind and was told it was my entirely fault.
The really horrible part was they actually called my friend at home that recommended them and involved them stating things that I had said things that I did not. It would not matter what I said, you don’t do something like that, EVER. That was so incredibly unprofessional I could not believe it. Have you ever heard of a business doing something like that? I could have been crazy and said who knows what and you don’t call a reference at home and involve them. That is absurd!
When the dust settled and we had time to calm down a bit, we decided that we would offer them half their consultation fee just to be done with it and move on. We were building our dream house and did not need the stress. We mailed them a check and they claim they never received it. I sent the letter myself. I did include a letter that stated we by no means felt that we owed them anything as we received absolutely nothing for their time. That the check was a one time offer to settle it without further dispute. It was a one-time offer, and it will not be offered again! I did write on the check “payment in full for services”, I am guessing that they did not like that. We lost time and money, as I had to take the time and start all over with picking out flooring. We used nothing from our time with LDI nor did I use their ideas or flooring options, yet they believe we should pay them for not staying in our budget that they were provided and said they could do? I ended up going with another company and found better quality materials at almost have their bid. They had told me that would never happen, that I was crazy.