How to Hire a Contractor
"Hindsight is 20/20".
NEVER hire a contractor who's dad owns the local home plumbing business
but won't let his own son work for him.
NEVER hire a contractor who overuses phrases like "trust me"...he
probably can't be trusted as far as you can spit.
NEVER trust the line "my subcontractor needs a check from the homeowner
in the unlikely event the job will be cancelled", especially if he says "I
promise they'll keep it in their file" and/or "they (I) won't cash it".
NEVER hire a contractor who does his financial transactions at the
local currency exchange.
NEVER hire a contractor who "doesn't have business cards with him that
day" and/or drives a truck without the business name displayed.
NEVER EVER trust a contractor who's initials are R.J. and who's main focus is
on his heavy metal band (named after a natural
sweetener...how ironic is that?!?!).
NEVER hire a contractor without a guarantee...the only guarantee Ron
offers is that he will leave you in a sticky mess.
NEVER hire a contractor
without a contract including how long it will take to complete the job.
ALWAYS check with the local authorities and Better Business Bureau
before you let him start.
ALWAYS ask to see a copy of their business license, proof of bond and insurance.
See "How To Reprimand a Bad Contractor"