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Dealing with a dishonest contractor

When you are making deals or paying a deposit before receiving a service, you need to have some good faith and trust the person with whom you are doing business. Paying a deposit for contract work you have arranged for your house, for example, does not seem like such a risky situation.

However, there are many things that can go wrong in regard to contracting transactions. Often, civil litigation is necessary in order to solve the problem.

It is always a good idea to conduct enough research into contractors. Using someone through word of mouth can be a good way to know that you can trust this professional. However, you should make sure that enough paperwork is in place to document any monetary transaction, and what you expect to be delivered in return for your payment.

Learn about whether the contractor is licensed

If you find that your contractors have not performed the work that you expected of them, and any attempt to either get a refund or have the work completed was not successful, you will probably want to assess your options. The first thing that you need to find out is whether the contractors you hired were licensed. If they are, you will be able to make a complaint with the licensing agency. The licensing agency may also be able to help you work through the issue.

Document the state of your house

If you made a contract on the work that was to be done, you should have made detailed plans and checklists to determine what would have constituted a finished job. In order to provide a compelling legal case, you should take photographic evidence of the state in which the contractor left your house, so that this can be compared with the original contract.

Dealing with a dishonest contractor can be an extremely stressful situation, and one that nobody should have to go through. It is important to stay calm and to act logically, gathering evidence and taking action when you feel it is necessary.

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