Always get references and never give more than 1/2 down and have a written contract.@Rusty and @zannej what happened? Can you say more about this? I see unevenness causing "waves" along the rim in the first photo, possible mismeasurement creating a small gap in the second photo. Am i seeing the right things?
What kinds of specific things would you warn to look out for either in hiring people or looking at their work?
If this happens more in some parts of the country than others, why is that?
Rural Louisiana. A lot of contractors won't even have signed contracts. They literally do handshake deals instead. I was flabbergasted by that when the health inspector told me that it was very common to do a handshake deal and not have a written contract w/ itemized list of parts and labor. They looked at me like I had 3 heads for asking. I kept asking for a contract from the guy who did my new septic tank installation but he never did provide one. He did the work and asked for the $ after (but he did end up charging a few hundred more than he'd estimated). Inspector passed the work & it was done so we payed. His price matched the next-highest bid we got but that other contractor was booked up at the time.
That's too bad. When I had work done here, the contractors for my patio cover and concrete both had me come out to one of their customers' houses to see the work they did. I think that's the way it should be, and in return I told them to call me if they need to show off my property to a perspective client.The way they talked, everything was beyond fixing.