On a recent episode of “Catch a Contractor,” comedian Adam Carolla and his friends, private investigator Alison Bedell and her husband Skip, a licensed home-improvement contractor, are going after the worst contractors in America on this episode titled “Worse Than a Warzone.” Before Adam became famous for his comedy and other endeavors, he was a contractor, so it is not much of a stretch for him. Now, the team is on the job to hunt down the scumbags who screw over innocent people, and force them to complete the jobs they left unfinished. If they cannot find these people, they will finish the job and help the family take legal action against these swindlers.
Adam and Skip went to meet with a family who left a warzone in Croatia to find their American Dream. Unfortunately, their contractor left them with another warzone. Frane & Nina Balikas experienced a flood last year and much of their home was underwater. Their contractor seemed like a friend whom they trusted, but he left them with no bathroom, kitchen and just one usable room for them to live in for the last five months.
The contractor’s bid was $35,000 for a kitchen remodel, floors, electrical and a new water heater. They have paid him $33,000. When Adam & Skip checked the work Jim had done, it was a dangerous job, with fire hazards and plumbing that were atrocious, with sewer lines open that could cause respiratory problems. Nina then said that she and her daughter just got over pneumonia. In the attic, the electrical connections were not stapled down. He lied by telling them he had three licenses; contractor, plumber and electrician. The guys felt that he was a licensed hack, and told the family that they will do one of three things after tracking him down; get their money back (which never happened before), make him complete the job under their supervision or help the family take him to court.
Alison found out that he was a licensed contractor with no complaints against him (yet). She called him and set up an appointment for the next morning, where he would come to look at her bathroom at the sting house. They cannot believe that this guy seems to be on the up and up. He is licensed since 1989; with no complaints against him, so opposite from the people they have dealt with before. When he arrived at the house, the guys and cameras were ready to pounce. Jim’s story was so diverse from the homeowner’s version. He said they breached the contract by removing the tiles, when they told Adam & Skip that they were told to remove them.
When Jim finally admitted fault for the terrible job, he agreed to make it right. As the family was listening and heard it will be corrected, they cried tears of joy. On the first day, they waited and waited, but he never showed up, so Alison was put back on the job. When she tailed him, she saw he was driving in the direction of the Balikas house. He finally showed up in the afternoon with an excuse. Everything they pointed out to him that was wrong with his work, he hemmed and hawed and changed his stories. They beat up on Jim all week, but when the family returned to a home that was a home, some; but not all was forgiven. They loved the transformation and when Jim came in, the family told him how they felt, and he apologized, but the family did not feel that it was sincere. Thanks to Adam, Skip and Alison, there is one more happy family because of the hard work on “Catch a Contractor.”