Originally Posted by velochic
Checked all of that (insurance, etc.) and it was forged. He did not have a valid business, after all. He had no LLC set up, it was a sole proprietorship. He is personally filing bankruptcy, as no business ever truly existed.
Believe me, we learned our lessons out of this, but it still doesn't help. I've NEVER had an experience with a private contractor where they didn't at least try to swindle us in some way. I'm convinced they're all crooked. And I'm sure there are people here whose partners are contractors who will swear they are as honest as the day is long, but I'll never be convinced of it. They're all out to make a buck and cut corners. It just pisses me off that you can't trust these people.
Holy shit at the bolded. Seriously??
My husband is a contractor and has been one for over 20 years. Never been sued, never taken to court, a giant trail of happy customers.
We pull our own permits, we NEVER ask for money up front. And we have eaten it more times than I can count because of our honesty and sticking our neck out for customers. You don't have to "trust" honest contractors because their credentials check out, they collect at draw points for materials and inspections, and collect any and all PROFIT at the end when the job is done to satisfaction. Contractors who can't put materials on the job without YOUR money are not folks you should hire. We have capital and we have revolving accounts at supply houses--anyone worth a damn in this business is the same way.
I get you've had a bad experience, but if you didn't check out this person's credentials before you handed him 15,000 dollars, that doesn't reflect on other contractors. How did you find out his paperwork was forged? You made the phone calls? After you gave him the money and he left?
Who pulled the permit? Did you? If he had no license how did he pull the permit? This should have been displayed in your window before the work started.
There are crooks and idiots in every trade. If I had a penny for ever time our company lost a bid because we were "overpriced" compared to the other uninsured, unlicensed, boot leg idiots who ended up robbing the customers and WE eventually go in and walk them through the process of getting their money back (FREE ADVICE on our part)--and then fixing the mess these folks leave behind......well, I'd be retired in Boca right now.
Edited by monkey's mom - 7/3/11 at 11:09am