Florida Remodeling Contractor

Florida Remodeling Contractor

A homeowner paid a Florida remodeling contractor nearly $200,000 over a year and a half to a contractor for an incomplete job and shoddy workmanship for the work that was done.

“$196,700 was spent but if you walked into the home it still looked like it was in teardown mode,” said McGarry’s attorney Kerry Raleigh, of the Walk Law Firm in Tampa. “No completed walls on the inside, no finished flooring on the inside, no new cabinetry in the inside, the roof that was installed was defective.”


There are 2 key lessons to be learned from this florida remodeling contractor story

First is to not pay ahead of progress made on a project.  Large deposits, over $1000, are a BAD idea for homeowners. Do not pay more than $1000 and certainly not the 20 or 30% some contractors request.  It is a great deal for the contractor to be paid up front but it is nothing but risky for a homeowner.  Future payments should only be made that are in sync  with the work that is completed and passes inspection by they city or you if you have the skills to know if work is completed correctly.  If you are unsure considering hiring an independent inspector to review the work and approve release of payments to protect your interest.

Second lesson is to do not let a bad project continue.  Follow the old adage of “hire slowly – fire quickly”. Take your time before hiring a contractor but make a quick decision and act on it if the project is not going well and fire the contractor.  In this story from Florida the homeowner gave the contractor nearly $200,000 over more than a year.  There were likely many times during that first year when the homeowner and contractor were having disagreements and there were warning signs that the project was going well.

For your project instead of throwing good money after bad and taking the risk of wasting money working with the wrong contractor make sure that either party can terminate the contract for any reason is a note in the contract.  If you are unsatisfied with the work or schedule or other issue notify the contractor in writing, give them an appropriate amount of time – likely 1 week – to resolve the issue. If it isnt resolve in the time you allocated or resolved in a way that you are satisfied with then notify the contractor that the agreement is cancelled.

Make it quick and clean, learn from the experience and start looking for a contractor to finish the work.   It may seem like a total disaster at the time but if you act quickly you will look back on this little “bad contractor” episode as a small irritation on the way to getting the remodeled house of your dreams!

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