The Nuts And Bolts Of Hiring A Contractor

The contractor I hired to renovate my Manhattan apartment came highly recommended. Impressed by his credentials and eager to start the renovation, I paid him $20,000 up front. Two weeks later--when the renovation was in full swing--my "dream builder" skipped town for Singapore. He absconded with valuable art deco cabinets and a substantial chunk of my savings, leaving behind an apartment in shambles.

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