When hiring a contractor, make sure their license is up to date. If not, they may be up to something. This was the case of Nathaniel Hardage, a contractor who was arrested for stealing over $20K on one job alone.
Another lesson to be learned is to never pay everything upfront. Hardage demanded his client to pay everything because he promised a quick turnaround. Spoiler alert: he didn’t. Now, he’s in trouble.