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Hired A Contractor That Didn't Finish The Job? You Can Sue.

January 16, 2015

When you dream of building a new home, remodeling or finally taking care of lingering home improvement items, a courtroom is the last place you want to end up. Unfortunately, a contractor's word isn't always what it should be.

If your contractor or home improvement specialist didn't finish the job or didn't finish it to the specifications in the contract, you have a right to sue.

Tips on How to Handle a Contractor Who Didn't Finish the Job

The best way to avoid a lawsuit is to hire a reputable, licensed contractor who is both bonded and insured. Even so, you can still find yourself the victim of one of the following scenarios:

  • A job that was left unfinished or is taking significantly longer than originally specified for no identifiable reason.
  • Work that is sub-par and/or doesn't meet the specifications of the work laid out in the contract or your work agreement.
  • Overbilling by the contractor. It is common for some projects to come in over bit but overbilling should not be a consistent issue
  • Staged or completed work that fails the building inspections of your local governing building officials.

In certain instances, home improvement work may be left in a state such that your home is unlivable. If this is the case, take pictures and carefully document the status of the work before a new contractor takes over.

If you have recently experienced, or are currently experiencing, any of the above scenarios, contact legal professionals who specialize in these types of issues. Failure to provide proper proof, documentation or evidence can negatively affect the outcome of your lawsuit. Your legal team will be able to tell you how to proceed based on the specifics of your particular situation.

Wondering how to handle a contractor who didn't finish the job?