One comment to the other answers you have gotten – if you fire him and have another contractor finish the work, it will be your word against his regarding what had or had not been done, and what the work quality was – and as long as he can prove materials were bought and work done, he …
The work got underway well enough, but now the contractor won’t show up to finish the work. We’ve called and written and sent emails, but we don’t get any response. Meanwhile, our kitchen is all torn up and there are parts of kitchen cabinets in our living room, dining room, and kitchen.
How to Deal With a Bad Contractor If a contractor left your home renovation project unfinished or did a poor job, here are your options. Some just need encouragement to return and finish a job.
While you could (if contract has specific scope of work and contractual amounts and deadlines) possibly put in a claim with his bonding company to have them pay for yet another contractor to come and finish the job, about your only recourse otherwise is to terminate him (again) for non-performance and get yet another contractor.
If these don’t apply, then have a conversation with your contractor away from the job site if possible. If possible, sit down face to face over a cold drink. Have the original estimate ready and try to ask questions rather than accuse. Don’t make demands. Keep the tone civil and have a deadline in mind. Your aim is to get the job finished.
When the contractor does not return, you can retain another contractor to correct/complete the first contractor’s work. Make sure that the second contractor itemizes his invoices and lists the costs to correct/complete the first contractor’s work.
If a contractor takes 10 weeks to finish a residential front porch, but never finishes the job and only does about 40% of the job, how should he get paid. There is no written contract in place, just a …
Keep in mind that suing a shady contractor is often not a very rewarding task. When you win it is often extremely difficult to collect from someone who is self employed and constantly taking money from one job to finish the last one (which is how many of the less responsible contractors operate).
California has a law that says if an unlicensed contractor tries to charge you more than $500 for a job (labor and supplies), and they have no license, they can’t collect a penny AND you can sue to get your deposit back too. Bottom line, California is serious about having a license! No license, no payment, and a voided contract. Period.
Author: Cindy Perman
Of course your contractor seemed civilized and competent when you first met with him. That’s why you hired him. But sometimes a person can seem like Jekyll initially and then promptly start acting …
Jun 17, 2014 · How do I get my contractor to finish the renovation job I paid him for? June 17, 2014 6:49 AM Subscribe Almost three months ago, I hired a friend of mine to do about $18k worth of renovations to my condo, $4k of which is labour.