I am a disabled senior who hired a company to replace rotting deck around the pool, demolish existing shed that houses the pump and has storage area for tables, chairs and umbrellas etc. I had previously used this contractor for small jobs and was quite pleased with him. This job turned into a nightmare. All of a sudden I owed for overage of bin fees containing the debris (although contract dictated that disposal of debris was included in the price). Also the material was more expensive than what he thought so I owed another 1,000. Then he strong holded me with the threat of shutting the project until he was paid all monies (including the final payment). Needless to say we now have 2 feet of snow, the deck is still incomplete, the wiring in the new shed has not been completed (he tells me I need to hire an electrician for that, the contract said all electrical and plumbing included), plus the pump connection hoses are sitting outside of the shed. I have been in tears over this job for months.
What are my options if he does not return in the spring?
I would suggest that, if you have a contract, that you look it over carefully and if it states, in print,as you mentioned, bring it up to the contractor and mention legal action. An estimate is one thing, a quote or contract is much more binding. If the work was not done, don't pay. If the material is higher than was quoted, don't pay unless there is a clause stipulating "subject to market value at the time of purchase" ... or something similar. Don't be intimidated. A contract is binding and he/she should honour it. Take legal action if needed, or at least use this as a threat. Call the legal aid in your area and they can help.
It's always discouraging to hear stories of this nature, as so many of us try so hard to build and maintain a good reputation, not only for ourselves, but for our fellow contractors alike. In an industry riddled with tales of poor workmanship, service, and misunderstandings, resulting in potentially catastrophic outcomes, we recognize the stress and uncertainty that may present itself during these types of evaluations.
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A written Estimate / Quote is almost the same thing as a signed Contract. If money was exchanged as a deposit prior to the work beginning ,this is now considered a legal and binding agreement between you and the contractor and everything that is described in that Estimate/ Quote/Contract. Write the contractor a well worded letter (even get a lawyer to right it if you choose) Compliment him on his excellent work now and before. Politely asking him to complete the job in accordance to the Estimate/Contract by a certain date...End
of May ??? ( Be reasonable )
If the above is not fulfilled then you can hire another contractor to complete the job and sue the First contractor for breach of contract and recover your costs. (These guy's unfortunately give us all a bad name)
Good morning Lorrie,
So sorry to hear you have had a terrible experience with your project.
Please feel free to reach out to me if you require further assistance and guidance.
There are many options to get the project back on track and finished to your expectations.
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