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Question DetailsAsked on 7/12/2017

Handyman took money to buy parts in the store, he never came back or answered his phone. What to do?

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Here area couple of similar previous questions with answers which might help too:

Basically speaking, how long has it been ? He might not have been albe to find the parts right off and plans on checking another place tomorrow - might have other jobs screaming for attention - or might have ripped you off.

You would have to decide, based on whether he is licensed and bonded and insured or not, on his ratings/reviews like on Angies List or ripoff sites, how much you know about him (name, address, etc) whether you think he is a ripoff artist who takes deposits then skips out, or a contractor who got held up elsewhere or is still trying to find the parts or such.

Obviously, if you think he was a ripoff artist (in which case any phone number and name he gave you is probably false), then file a police report for theft.

Otherwise, if he does not answer phone messages for a couple of days, send him an eMail or letter asking him for the money back because he has not finished the job.

If he is bonded and fails to finish or give the money back, then you can file a claim with his bonding company for a refund or to have them get another contractor to finish the job at the same out-of-pocket cost to you.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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