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K Brosas Files a Case Against Contractor That Allegedly Abandoned Her House and Ran Away With 7M

Plus two common scams to look out for

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Photography: (L to R) INSTAGRAM/kbrosas, UNSPLASH/jesse orrico

When building your home, it's important to check the background of the professionals you're planning to work with, or ask recommendations from trusted friends. Unfortunately, the unexpected happens even with the utmost care. Rica Peralejo previously shared her mishap with a contractor, and recently, K Brosas is also a victim of one that allegedly ran away with her cash.

The singer-comedian shared on Instagram that she has taken the unnamed contractor to court. “Ilang taon na po ang nnakakaraan ng may kinontrata ako para gawin ang aking bahay dahil sa kagustohan kong umiwas sa malaking babayarin sa pag-upa ng townhouse at condominium unit,” she posted. “Nakakalungkot na kahit malaking pera na ang nabigay ko at kung tutuusin tapos ko na ang pagbabayad sa buong halaga, mahigit kumulang 7 milyon... Inabando pa ng pinagkatiwalaan ko ang nasabing bahay.

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She continued to share that she had begged and cried to no avail, and the experience had left her immensely stressed and had given her anxiety.

In a footage shared by ABS-CBN News of a recent press con, she added that she had paid everything in cash because she didn't want to do loans. "'Yong mga materyales, bayad ko na rin. Hindi natupad...

Nagtiwala lang po ako ng todo. Todo-todo. Hindi na ako nadala... Nasira po ‘yong pangarap ko. Para sa amin lang ng anak ko. Ang pinaghandaan ko lang 'po doon ‘yong walk-in closet at yong mala-spa na banyo. ‘Yon lang. ‘Yan din ‘yong papamana ko sa anak ko.

Contractor scams you should know of 

There are a lot of great and trust-worthy contractors out there, but there will always be bad apples. We've previously written about signs that you're working with the latter, but you'll also need to know about how some of them work. Below are two f the common contractor scams you should be aware of. 

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1. Asking for a huge amount of money upfront 

This is a very common story: contractor either asks for a huge sum for materials in one go, or asks for large amounts continuously "kasi may kailangan pa palang gawin.” Then you're left with sub-par work until eventually, the contractor disappears on you. 

 A feature on House Logic notes that you should only agree to pay 10 percent of the whole amount; just enough for your contractor to work with. If you're dealing with true professionals, they'll be able to work around the amount, or at the very least, they'll be able to honestly negotiate the right and reasonable number that you can both agree on. 

2. Offering service low, then pulling up the prices mid-construction because “something came up”  

Sadly, there are contractors who lure you in with rates that seem lower than usual, then suddenly ramp them up once the project is underway. To keep you and your assets safe, always have a contract. As House Logic explains, “Make sure it includes a procedure for change orders—mini-contracts containing a work description and a fixed price for anything that gets added to the job in progress. The extra work, whether it's related to unforeseen building issues or homeowner whims, can proceed only after the change order is signed by both homeowner and contractor."

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