Now, Arvo has filed a lawsuit against Bear and Visions Design Group alleging breach of contract, home improvement fraud and deceptive consumer sales.
"It's just mind-boggling," Arvo said. "I keep hoping I'm going to wake up from a bad nightmare and I'll just wake up one day."
Call 6 Investigates found just months before Arvo hired Baer in 2013, Bear was charged with check deception for writing a bad check to Menard's. Baer faced yet another check deception charge in another county in 2014.
In both cases, Baer entered diversion programs and the charges were dismissed.
State records show Baer has operated under a slew of different business names over the years. He's also faced several civil lawsuits.
After Baer ignored RTV6's requests for an interview, Call 6 Investigator Kara Kenney caught up with him outside of court in an unrelated case.
Bear said he's not doing work on people's homes, but he was wearing a sweatshirt that said "Lowe's independent contractor." The company says Bear did one job for Lowe's under the company name Design Furnish and Install.
The Attorney General's Office Consumer Protection Division gets hundreds of home repair complaints a year, with roofing, chimneys, gutters and home improvement topping the list.