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Here’s how to protect yourself from transient contractors: 

  • Ask any contractor you might hire for his contractor’s license. Make sure it permits the worker to do the kind of repairs you’re hiring him for.
  • Find out whether the license is valid by visiting You can search for your contractor by name. If you don’t find the name on the list, don’t hire that contractor.
  • Get a written contract for the work.
  • Agree only to a minimum down payment, and then pay in increments as the job progresses.
  • Ask the contractor to provide construction insurance—or buy it yourself.

 Not every gypsy contractor is from out of state. In this poor economy, out-of-work Arizonans are trying to pick up jobs wherever they can. But if they work without a license, they’re committing a Class 1 misdemeanor and could spend six months in jail, pay $2,500 in fines and lose the right to become licensed for a year.

Don’t be a party to it. Hire licensed, qualified contractors from trusted sources like Rosie’s Referral Network. You may pay a few extra bucks for hiring honest help, but it will save you worry, risk and, potentially, the expense of replacing shoddy work later.

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