Angie's List- What to do when you hire a bad contractor

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Updated: 1/20 5:21 am
Whether you neglected to do your research before hiring a contractor, or even if you vetted every candidate, bad things can happen. 
Creator of Angie's List, Angie Hicks, said sometimes you have to break up with the contractor. 
"If you find yourself in a bad situation it's better to cut your losses," Hicks said. "Start over with a new contractor and get it done right."

Contractor Doug Lynch has finished many projects for homeowners who were left in a lurch. He said communication is key when starting over with a new contractor. 
"Be transparent with that person that's coming to look at it with exactly where you stand financially; where exactly you stand from a time constraint; what your desires and needs are for the completion of the project," Lynch said. 

Angie's List suggestions that you do not hire a contractor based on price alone. 
To help protect yourself, don't pay anything until you have a contract that spells out the payment structure. 
Don't pay the full amount up front. Tie future payments to progress on the job, and hold back at least 10 per cent until the job is complete to your satisfaction. 

If you are the victim of a bad contractor, file a complaint with your local licensing agency and your state or local contractor's board. 
If the contractor was bonded, the bond is a guarantee that the contractor will perform the services outlines in the contract. If they fail to do so, you can report the problem and receive compensation. 
You can also seek action through small claims court or hiring a private attorney. 

Click here more information from the City of Lubbock about hiring contractors. 
For more from the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, click here
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