Contractors left job unfinished-advice?

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Posted by: from Milton
11/1/2008 at 8:01:12 PM

Firstly, we have not paid the contractor their balance. Not only are they not returning our emails or phone calls to schedule an appointment for repair work, they are also not asking for their balance to be paid. I don't have a problem with that part, but my concern is how long can we go with this work unfinished before we can legally say we are not paying this company and instead we will hire another to complete the job? I don't want to hire somebody else before I know for sure that they cannot ask for the balance owing. Any advice?

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Abba's Service in Huntsville
Date/Time11/4/2008 at 4:06:46 PM

First thing is do you have a contract. It will usually say in the contract if you do. You can fire a contractor at any time and hire another one. How much work is there that needs to be finished and what is your budget.

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Date/Time11/8/2008 at 10:52:13 PM

Hi Bianca,

Your first course of action should be to offer them all resonable oportunities to complete the work, as it most certainly will be more expensive to have a "new" contractor pick up where they have left off, do so by telephone calls, and emails keeping a log and copy (send a CC of emails to yourself, it will reflect sending, to, and dates), lastly, a registered letter advising them, that you are giving them an amount of time 10 days, 3 days, whichever, to contact you and make an appointment to complete the project or you will be cancelling their contract and seeking a new contractor and possibly asking for a prorated refund, should the new contractor quote a higher price to complete the work, already started.

If this does not illicit a response, then once you receive confirmation they accepted the registered letter, wait the time allowed, then move on, governing yourself accordingly.

I hope this help.



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Date/Time11/18/2008 at 11:56:05 PM

Hi Bianca,

Write a letter stating what tasks you wish them to finish it by. Then send it registered mail if they don't reply or comply in some way, they have lost out.

Another method go to the city or township office and find out if the are a registered business. If they are a registered business there is a good chance they have liability insurance coverage. File a claim, injury or damage due to their incompetance. This could very well bring them out of the woodwork.

Good luck Bianca

Eric Turner

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Date/Time11/28/2008 at 12:00:03 PM

Hello Bianca

Steve Morup has given you the best advice you could possible get. Follow what he said

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Abba's Service in Huntsville
Date/Time12/13/2008 at 4:32:27 PM

Great advise steve

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Date/Time4/13/2009 at 2:28:29 AM

I think one of this companies is talking to much. They say they are going to retire soon because they have lots of money and as soon another company is looking for subs, their contact them to let them know they are available, please don't fool your self get a job and stop reading on every page.

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Lorraine in Haileybury
Date/Time11/20/2009 at 8:58:00 PM

I have this friend ...she hire this contractor by hour ...they provide her the first invoice on Oct 29th,2009 with no terms of payment...they told her they would be finish 3-4 weeks. 5 weeks later they walked off the job site....leaving her stranded....her house is for sale...and telling around to other people that they will put lien on her house. they left a mess in her house like you wouldn't believe....she took pictures the day they left ....tonnes of notice they were leaving........and on top they ordered her windows oct 30th,09 the contractor signed on the customer line with date deposit require...the day he walked off the job run to her to make her signed the order....which she did and dated it Nov 12th, it's a 1923 house... she specifically told them to match 6 light square...when window arrive he had order 4 square....she told supplier she is refusing them and that is not what she ordered...and she had another witness that confirmed it...with her....

Now supplier wants his money.....

Can a lien be put on her house ? and is she liable to pay for these windows as contractor never showed her quotation on paper....nor the store called her to confirm ...but store owner did confirm he sold the window to contractor.....?

Please help me......

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Lorraine in Haileybury
Date/Time11/20/2009 at 9:07:44 PM

I forgot to mention that she had no contract signed with him.....and the 2 invoice total more then $16K for 416 hours....and still nothing is completed and she point out to him that she is requesting a breakdown of his hours and whats been done....and he's refusing to provide.

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Andy in Toronto
Date/Time12/28/2015 at 3:05:16 PM

There is a similar forum


Just a simple advice: work only with people who have been referred by someone close, if not fool proof, this maybe the best option around!

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