POSTED: Saturday, January 18, 2014 - 10:56am
UPDATED: Saturday, January 18, 2014 - 10:56am
RGV KVEO (NEWSCENTER 23) — What can you do if a contractor takes your money and fails to show up?
In today's Angie's' list report, we outline your options.
Whether you neglected to do your research before hiring, or even if you vetted every candidate, bad things can happen.
"No one likes to admit this, but sometimes you have to break up with the contractor. If you find yourself in a bad situation it's better to cut your losses. Start over with a new contractor and get it done right."
"Be transparent with that person that's coming to look at it with exactly where you stand financially, where exactly you stand from a time constraint, and what you desires and need are for the completion of the project."
So what can you do if you become a victim of a bad contractor?
File a complaint with your local licensing agency and your state or local contractor's board.
If your contractor was bonded, the bond is a guarantee that the contractor will perform the services outlined in the contract, and if they fail to do so, you can report the problem and receive compensation.
You can also seek legal action through small claims court or hiring a private attorney.
"When we are hiring contractors to do projects around our house a lot of times we may skip on our research. Don't hire the contractor that is not licensed, don't hire the contractor that doesn't carry proper insurance because while those might seem like shortcuts now, they could turn into big headaches down the road."
Angie's list says don't hire a contractor based on price alone.
To help protect yourself, don't pay anything until you have a contract that spells out the payment structure.
Never pay the full amount up front, and tie future payments to progress on the job and hold back atleast 10 percent until the job is complete to your satisfaction.