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Need Advice: Problem with Contractor

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Posted by: from Toronto
5/15/2018 at 11:18:07 PM

Hi everyone.

To start off, I'm just going to say that I am not too familiar with the technicalities of construction work. However, I am willing to learn. Long story short, my dad had been planning to renovate our house. After months of planning, it was decided that the job would only take 4 months to be completed. 4 months go by and it's not finished. There were some issues so my dad extended the date. However, they were still unable to meet the deadlines even after extending them multiple times. Almost 10 months later, we are still looking at uncompleted work. My dad and the contracter had maintained a healthy relationship for the majority of the time, but during this 10 month period, my grandma had passed away. After this, my dad was very anxious and just wanted our normal lives back. Some tension developed between my dad and the contractor and now he is threatening to walk off the job. The contractor claims he can finish the job in 2 weeks (to meet the final deadline we gave him), however my dad is aware there are still too many things to finish and he's worried about any damages that could be caused by rushing to get the job complete within the date (there were some apparent damages done already). On top of that, our lease ends this month and if the house is not completed by then, we won't have a place to stay. My dad has been very stressed out about this and I hate seeing him go through this. Any advice on what we can do from here?

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Date/Time5/16/2018 at 7:31:45 AM

Hi Freddie,

This is tough tough to hear. I don't know what the delays would amount to 6+ months but hear is some advice to help finish off this project.

Finding another reputable licensed contractor last minute to finish items may cause more of a delay. Here is some suggestions to help you out.

1) Have a written detailed list of remaining items/deficiencies to be completed with a sign off beside each item so both parties are happy with the work.

2) Set out a timeline for remaining work and include a fine for everyday the contractor is over. You can take that out of the final payment. That fine should cover you/dads housing costs. If the contractor wants to keep his relationship he should have nothing to hide and complete remaining items on time frame.

3) make sure you have everything documented and start seeking legal help.

4) Make sure all permits are closed and have been inspected accordingly to schedule. Building, plumbing, hvac and electrical.

Hope this helps.

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Date/Time5/17/2018 at 7:14:20 PM

release the contractor .if he is not tired ,your family are .Talk to your father about getting a new contractor.fresh start for everyone .goodluck

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