Don’t get held hostage on your home repairs

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Respect Realty LLC 200311024

photo courtesy of ba1969This is a warning to anyone hiring someone to do work on their house. I had a client of mine hire a "NON-LICENCED" contractor to do some work on their home about six months ago.

What happened is this "contractor" required $500 down before they started the work and the remaining was due within one week of starting the project. Well, it has now been six months and I bet you already know what happened the day they got their money. They didn't come back and finish the work and now my clients have a half done bathroom and kitchen.

Six months later and they are out $15,000 and have no work done to show for it, besides a gutted mess that they could have done themselves.

So, if you are looking to have work done on your home, DO NOT pay for the services until the work is done. You can pay for materials, but make them produce receipts and only do it as a reimbursement and not as an upfront cost to you.

Hope this is a warning to anyone looking to have work done on their property. Only hire licensed contractors when you want work done on your home or investment property. If you are in the Beaverton, Oregon area and are looking to a general contractor, feel free to contact me and I can give you a list to interview for the position.





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Elaine Hanson
Compass - Topanga, CA
REALTOR - Topanga, CA Real Estate Agent

It makes me so angry when I read that this happens!  My husband is a very fine, licensed contractor.  His ethics are unquestionable and his work is high quality.  He's been known (only to me!) to quietly cut people a break and take less for some things because he wants to make it work for a good homeowner.  People like the unscrupulous character you describe give the whole home construction and repair industry a big black eye.  Thank you for pointing out the importance of checking qualifications and hiring on godd recommendations.  Your state contractors board is a valuable resource for how to hire. 

Thanks for this post, Todd.  It is a great public service.


Jun 19, 2008 05:34 AM #1
Crystal Corr
Keller Williams Greenville Central - Simpsonville, SC

You know this is a sad thing that happens to people all the time. They hire someone to do work for them and get the raw end of the deal. It is a few bad eggs that give people bad names and this is a prefect example of that. Thanks for the post!

Jun 19, 2008 05:43 AM #2
Angelia Garcia
Pure Realtors - Dallas, TX

No one should ever trust anyone they don't know, especially with that large amount of money. You have to do your research and have terms in place for you, not the other person. When will people stop being so nice.

Jun 19, 2008 05:56 AM #3
alisa bracksmayer
camelot funding - Long Beach, NY

unfortunately i hear this story over & over again. it is terrible. to many people just dont have a conscience.

Jun 19, 2008 05:57 AM #4
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Todd, I would think it is almost common sense to not pay for all the work until it is done. But you know what they say? Common sense aint so common.

Jun 19, 2008 07:12 AM #5
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