Some people, like Cinder Geisinger, who won a $1,200 judgment against Anderson in 2014, give up because injured customers who win court judgments are left to navigate the collection process alone. "I don't have financial resources to pursue it past what I have," Geisinger says. "I tried garnishment. It came back as he doesn't bank here.''
Fleming says the take away from his bad experience is to check out the contractor first, “I can blame Paul Anderson all day long. However, at the end of the day, the responsibility belongs to me for not checking his references, for not checking that contractor's license number. Had I done that, I would not be talking to you today."
To limit your damages should something go wrong with a job, don't pay more than 10 percent down. Don't let payments get ahead of the work. Get a license number and check it with the Board of Contractors. The contractor's name should match the license number.
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