About a couple of months ago I had a conversation with a woman who worked at the Home Depot. She saw all the paint all over my shirt and asked me if I painted houses for a living. I replied, "Yes! I do."
And then she began to tell me her sob story of how she hired a painter who was a friend of a friend of a friend of someone who worked with her husband.
Well, anyway to make a long sad story short she hired the guy without checking out his REFERENCES, and gave him $2000 to start the job. He showed up the next day and got started on the job but it all went downhill from there. He started coming up with all kinds of excuses and would show up either late or not come at all the next day. After about a week of this and with very little work down on the house he never showed up again.
She called and called but no return calls. She talked to her husband about it and he tried to get ahold of the guy but couldn't. Guess what? She got ripped off of $2000. And I told her to call the police and file a report on him and take it from there. But she didn't want to do that because she was afraid he was going to do something bad to her house or her family. So she just let it go!
Now how sad is that? And friend this is not the first time I have heard these stories. In fact it happens quite often. So my advice to you is if you plan on hiring anyone for anything, you better make sure you check out there references. Call some of their past customers. Go look at their work if you have to but don't give money to people who cannot prove their reliability. Or you might just end up like her!