Contractor came to take space measurements for a custom window seat and on two different occasions he acted inappropriately towards me, making passes and advances. I had already gave him the deposit for the project and 4 months later I do not have a custom window seat and I am in disputes with him for withholding my deposit and avoiding any resolution to this project. Unfortunately we only had a verbal contract.
I would only use a contractor registered with the better business bureau. I would request references from the contractor and in addition always have a written contract signed by both parties.