General contractors gone wild

Over the weekend I watched a show on bad general contractors. I can’t believe how many people out there have the nerve to just take money from people and not complete the job that they were paid for.  During the show they would show how many contractors would fake that they were licensed, bonded, and insured.  Many that said they were really were not.  People spend thousands of dollars on home remodels and usually do not spend much time to research the person that they are going to use.  Gone are the days where you will trust that they are licensed, bonded, and insured when they say they are.  You actually will have to do your research and check it out for yourself.  By not spending a couple hours researching them you may end up picking the wrong contractor for your home remodel.  It can end up costing you thousands; in some cases even hundreds of thousands to correct problems from picking a bad contractor.Pay for the job once, and get the right contractor to do the job right, the first time. 


2 thoughts on “General contractors gone wild

  1. Trollfighter February 16, 2008 / 11:46 pm

    In Maine, contractors don’t even need a license, so even a little kid can call himself a “General contractor.”

    Real estate professionals can also put their sign on the lawns of mobile homes, use all the legal real estate forms and use their office; you have to pay real estate taxes on real estate forms. But the state does not consider mobile homes real estate. So the agents can rip off anyone in any way without any danger of losing their license.

    Even the governor was not aware of this insane Maine law.

    And of course realtors are not required to tell their victims that they’re untouchable. So they can rip off anyone with impunity.

    And you’d better believe,they do.

    Maine: The way life should be. For crooks.

  2. Bobby March 24, 2008 / 7:35 am

    the best method to used is progress of payment, along with background check on any contractor or anyone you going to give money upfront too.

    Also many good contractors will start your project with any money down, and request as some of the work has gone one.

    Bottom line, payment on progress of work.

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