Avoid hiring wrong contractor for your home improvement dream job

Better Call Behnken

TAMPA (WFLA) – You save up for your dream home improvement project and think you’ve hired the perfect contractor. But if you make the wrong choice, it could cost you dearly.

Contractor issues is among the top call we get to Better Call Behnken.

“He said he was going to correct everything, and it was going to be perfect,” said Leta Bazo. 

Bazo and her husband ended up hiring a man who turned out to be an unlicensed contractor who had previously served prison time for taking advantage of the elderly.

The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office called him a Predator of the Elderly. But Bazo and her husband didn’t find that out until after their kitchen was torn apart and their contractor had taken off.

So, how do you protect yourself? How much money should you put down on a project? When does job abandonment turn into something criminal?

8 On Your Side’s Shannon Behnken is working on a special Better Call Behnken report to help you chose wisely, so you don’t end up in Contractor hell. Catch her full report, Tuesday at 5 p.m. on News Channel 8.

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