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Question DetailsAsked on 12/7/2011

I gave a contractor (from Angie's list) a deposit, two months later he has not started the job nor does he return calls or e-mails.Help!

In early October (8weeks ago) I signed a contract and paid a deposit to have my front porch rebuilt with an Angie's list contractor who had great reviews. He said he'd be here in the next few weeks to do what was supposed to be a three day job.

Since then I have left messages via phone and e-mail. Up until two weeks ago he would respond always with an excuse of inclimate weather and being behind on jobs. He always adds that he'll be here as soon as he finishes the job he's on.
So far he's not shown up and has yet to respond in any way to messages left three days ago and yesterday.
I want the job done or my deposit back, what should I do next?

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2 Answers


I'm so sorry to hear you're having a negative experience. I'd suggest using the Angie's List Complaint Resolution service, exclusively available to our members. To start, submit a review on your experience with the contractor so far. Negative reviews prompt us to ask you a few more questions, including whether or not you'd like to use the Complaint Resolution service, which allows us to step in to mediate the issues between you and the contractor.

Answered 8 years ago by Cas


Well it sounds like your contractor took money and is doing other projects to build up enough money so that he can come back to do yours. This is something that happens when you work with a smaller contractor or one that got to big to keep quality control in place. Either way it doesn't look good for you. So I would like to offer some advise when working with contractors.

1st. always check refference insurance and licensing

2nd have a contract in writing with a start date and completion date

3rd give a small deposit as possible and offer to give additional payments through out your project.

4th ask for material lien waviers or reciepts before you make final payment

if you follow these for steps your projects should go smooth and remember the lowest prices isn't always the best and niether is the highest

Best of Luck

Sorry this happened to you

Richrad Jeziorski

ps report him to angie's list and leave a negative responce as soon as you can maybe you will get some help from them since they endorsed him and should have done a background check to ensure he was a quality contractor.

Answered 6 years ago by LibertyRoofing

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