What to do if you're the victim of a bad contractor

Published On: Feb 02 2014 09:49:31 PM EST   Updated On: Feb 03 2014 05:40:00 AM EST

Whether you neglected to do your research on a contractor before hiring, or even if you vetted every candidate — bad things can happen.

Unskilled workers slap together a poor job, you pay for amenities that never get installed, the work is subpar or maybe the contractor disappears altogether.

“When we are hiring contractors to do projects around our house a lot of times we may skip on our research," said Angie Hicks, founder of Angie's List. "Don’t hire the contractor that is not licensed, don’t hire the contractor that doesn’t carry proper insurance because while those might seem like little shortcuts now, they could turn into big headaches down the road.”

Depending on where you live and what resources are available, a homeowner’s options for recourse vary.

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