Most people that own their houses use contractors. Many problems arise and I'd like to see a discussion about them. I've been trying Angie's List, but have had no luck at all. I'd also like to hear about ripoffs and things like that.
For instance, I used Angie's List to get a contractor to put trim around all my windows. I estimated the job (I was an estimator for the company I worked for, used a huge set of books for my estimations) at about a grand. When the guy came to the house to give us the estimate he ignored me and talked only to my wife. By the time he was thru, the job was about $3,900. My wife asked me, "What just happened?" after the guy left. I explained that he knew she was likely to know little about carpentry and he could give her a higher estimate by adding on things we didn't need. I ended up using another contractor who did the job for about a $1,000.