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EUGENE, Ore. -- As the weather warms up and people start making repairs to their homes, the Construction Contractors Board said homeowners need to be on the lookout for unlicensed contractors.
KEZI spoke with one woman who lives in south Eugene who said she was caught in a shady deal when she brought her home in 2017.
Amanda Stamper said an unlicensed contractor installed the roof to her home right before she bought it. Stamper said the woman who owned the home before her, hired a man who is currently on Construction Contractors Board's (CCB) “Buyer Beware List.”
She said the man was very unprofessional and made the previous owner pay half the amount of the estimate up front, before repairing the roof. She said he installed it inadequately.
"Shortly, after we got our first rainstorm, rain proceeded to fall through the roof of one of my bedrooms,” Stamper said. “I then had my dad help me patch the hole up that was left by the contractor that was not legitimate and we had to pay for the repair out of pocket."
Stamper said she refused to pay the contractor, but the previous owner gave him nearly $7,000. However, she said she ended up shelling out more than $500 for inspections and repairs by reputable contractors, who found the roof was incorrectly installed.
Officials with CCB said homeowners should always make sure the contractors they hire are licensed, bonded, and insured.