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Tom Green

Home renovations are a lot of work — and require due diligence

About a year ago, Matt Venditto hired a builder to construct a house in Westminster. It wasn't long before buyer's remorse set in. In early June, Venditto purchased a lot from Green Builders Inc., which was expected to finish the four-bedroom house within six months. But, Venditto says, progress was slow and the builder difficult to reach. Then, late last year, Venditto started hearing from subcontractors that they hadn't been paid. By mid-March, a few subcontractors had filed lien notices, while others began calling Venditto to complain that they also hadn't been paid. Venditto negotiated with them to make sure they finished their work, paying about $35,000 out of...