Hard lesson in choosing contractor

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Q: I recently bought a bank-owned home. It was in a great neighborhood, good school district, and seemed perfect for my kids and me. It did need some work, but it was mostly cosmetics I wanted to upgrade before we moved in, such as changing the kitchen tile floors, the kitchen counters, and the bathroom sink and fixtures. My Realtor gave me some referrals to contractors to get bids from during escrow, but after closing, a friend of mine referred another guy who offered to do much more for the same price. I checked his license, called his past clients and even went to see work he had done before -- everything checked out. Now, it's four months after closing and I still haven't been able to move in! My contractor does maybe one project a week, and everything takes way longer than it should, although all that's left is for the bathroom sink to be installed. I called him on the carpet and he reacted very angrily, so much so that now I'm concerned about him having the key to ...