I did some of that. I called our licensing agency and checked on whether any complaints had been filed (there weren't) and also checked the BBB (I know that's worthless but I checked anyway). I also confirmed that their licensing was current and active in our state.
No loans were taken and this is a relatively small job (under $6k total) We've already had ~$4k of paid, OK work done, are owed ~$1k in parts (that he say will be installed after the subs are done), and owe ~$1k at the end of the subs work. Work started more than 3 days after our contract was signed and things were fine until the past week. I've paid 100% on time and according to our contract (even early once) and sent him an up-to-date financial reconciliation today which he did not dispute. I'm trying to document everything via email, all of his emails have his company signature in them, and I also have our signed contract. He's kind of dumb and the emails state his requests that break contract terms, and I've followed the contract to the T. I've covered myself as much as possible, he's just ridiculous and horrible to work with. I'm documenting EVERYTHING (I have spreadsheets and have even started a 'blog' to add in commentary if necessary), was stupid enough to make payments in cash but have withdrawals that coincide with their emails and payments perfectly, and will keep on doing all I can to cover my butt, but will use checks and get receipts going forward IF it ever gets to another payment point.
I did not receive a Lead EPA pamphlet nor did I receive a notice to lien form (although I think the guys he sent over here may be, hm, how do I say - illegal?)
I've already contacted the licensing board and know what steps I need to take if I decide that is necessary. I would meet with the GC, but he doesn't answer my calls, only emails once in a while, and is 'recovering' from his health issue and will not come here. He did say he'd wrap things up AFTER the subs were done, I have that in an email many times over....
Next time, I will come here and solicit contractor referrals from you wise sages :thumbsup:. Ah, Friday night fun, right?