Zillow Advice: Home Improvement - Hiring a Contractor? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Hiring-a-Contractor/507651/ Zillow Advice | Zillow Real Estate Here's the other side:As ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Hiring-a-Contractor/507651/ Here's the other side:<br/>As a Contractor I am constantly taking a chance with people I don't know.<br/>It is nothing for me to dump out 3-5K on certain orders, mind you since this job ( the one I am doing for the order for ) hasn't started yet. <br/>I still have purchases on existing jobs, paydays, and my personal bills, overhead that&nbsp;I have to pay at the same time... All V.A jobs are 100% till finished.<br/><br/>So as a Contractor there are certain companies&nbsp; that require 100% percent down on all orders at the time of the order. So am I going to order 15K in cabinets without a deposit from someone I don't know...NO I am not. There is paper work involved in the transaction and that is how it will be done.<br/>And that is how your monies is covered.<br/><br/>To say that anyone who pays or asked to pay 1K down...look out !&nbsp; Well all I can say is I'm glad I don't live in CA. <br/><br/>The other thing is about materials stored on the job site, not all Contractors do that ,&nbsp; I store materials at my office site where I can see them and take care of them till they are needed at the job site. I will not take the chance of theft , or an assumed theft and make a unneeded claim with my insurance company plus the delay on account of it.<br/><br/>If you have a questionable feeling about your Contractor... Dont hire him.<br/>I have many referances, a web site and 27 years of doing business in a 60 mile radius if that isn't good enough for a referance then Don't hire me.<br/><br/>It's more than I have from someone I never have worked for.<br/>As for Clients ...I think I have the best in the area.<br/>So before everone starts trashing Contractors ... well...there's just a little what we have to go through...and there is alot more.<br/><br/>Sorry about the venting but these things are things you need to know about the Contractor you hire. <br/>It's a hard life style and is a very stressfull one, normal people couldn't handle it...I promise.<br/>-Joseph- Tue, 20 Aug 2013 01:48:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Hiring-a-Contractor/507651/ 2013-08-20T01:48:00Z