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Respected sir/madam,
Consumers should be aware that anyone can publish a website. Since the company website depicts projects that are not the work product of VIP (a private company owned and operated by Steve Rice and his wife Amanda), it would appear that there is no enforcement of copyright laws to protect owners of photographs or business work products. A simple check of the status page on the Maryland Dept. of Assessments & Taxation website will give potential consumers a look at VIP\\\\s business standing. Also, the truth of a statement on the VIP website ( about having \\\"over 15 years of experience in the industry\\\" should be evaluated against the documents that demonstrate Steve Rice\\\\s newcomer status. For example, he was a newly minted contractor when he received his license in 2009. Also, a document entitled \\\\Articles of Incorporation\\\\ was filed on behalf of VIP Remodeling in Sept. 2009. The span of time from the start of VIP as a business entity to the publication of the website that claims 15+ years experience actually equates to less than 1 year. So while Mr. Rice claimed over 15 years experience, he actually only had the benefit of a few months experience as a contractor in the home improvement field. Of course, the false claim about experience is now irrelevant, given that as of October 2010, the corporation was forfeited for non-filing of business property tax.\r\n\r\nMr. Rice\\\\s spouse is listed as a partner in the 2009 Articles of Incorporation. As of 2010, she is listed as the principle owner, which can only mean her husband is hiding from creditors and/or unpaid subcontractors, who may wish to employ the use of a mechanics lien in order to recover lost wages. Therein lies the risk for the potential consumer, who will pay the price when those creditors catch up to VIP.\r\n\r\nThe bogus testimonials and fake names ascribed to the letters that appear in the multiple online ads are unconvincing but nonetheless deceptive. They make VIP out to be reputable and competent; nothing could be further from the truth (see The fraudulent claims about completing the jobs pictured in photos that have nothing to do with VIP Remodeling are deliberately misleading. Of particular note is the claim that Steve Rice is licensed. In fact, Steve Rice\\\\s home improvement contractor\\\\s license expired in 2011 (see MD DLLR-Licensing). In checking the DLLR licensing search page, there is no record of Amanda Rice being approved as a licensed contractor. The company is a sham; the owners are a couple of frauds. STAY AWAY!
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