Property owner scrambles to repair Overland Park home after contractors rip off wrong roof

A property owner says he is scrambling to repair a home after contractors took off the wrong roof. (Source: KCTV)
Published: Aug. 3, 2022 at 3:37 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 3, 2022 at 3:47 PM CDT
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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (KCTV) - A mistake by a contractor left an Overland Park man’s house in shambles.

Steve Kornspan moved out of the house a few months ago and has been leasing the property for short term rentals.

He said Tuesday morning a guest texted him, concerned about a team of contractors going to work on the roof.

“They were like, ‘Why are they banging around?’” Kornspan recalled.

Kornspan had not ordered a new roof, or any other improvements to the house. The workers had the wrong address. By the time he rushed over to the property the contractors had stripped nearly every shingle, leaving a mess in the yard.

“It was a disaster,” he said.

Kornspan’s security cameras at the house show them coming and going. He said the workers had quickly left when they realized their mistake. He documented the mess with his drone. The photos show the exposed underlayment and sheathing.

“I was pretty excited and upset,” Kornspan said. “It was just something to deal with.”

Kornspan, a Realtor, quickly called another roofing company to make emergency repairs. He also filed a police report and started trying to find the roofers responsible. The correct home had been a few blocks away on the same street. Kornspan was able to match the gray Chevy Astro to the one that had shown up at his place.

“I’m not sure what the confusion was,” he said.

Wednesday morning he was able to contact the owner, who was equally upset about the situation.

“Everybody makes mistakes, but you have to stand up for your mistakes,” Kornspan said. “When you make a mistake you have to fix it. That’s what [the company owner] was most upset about, too.”

Kornspan would not name the erroneous company but said that the owner had agreed to pay for the emergency repairs. Kornspan said he did not wish to pursue criminal charges.