Hiring a technician from hardware store such home depot.

If I hire someone from a hardware store such as Home Depot to do a home improvement work, will this hardware store be responsible for any mistake take place by this technician.

Alexandria, VA -

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Victoria Lee Allen

Victoria Lee Allen

Real Estate Attorney - Manakin Sabot, VA
Answered

It has been my experience that these contractors are independent from the store. In such a case it is unlikely that Home Depot can be held liable. There should be a contract which lays out the relationship of the contractor.

That said, depending upon specific circumstances, there may be some liability if Home Depot endorses the specific contractor or acts as a general contractor. If addition, if the person is an employee of Home Depot then Home Depot is liable.

Please note that this response is based upon the limited information available in the question. In addition, it... more
Rixon Charles Rafter III

Rixon Charles Rafter III

Landlord / Tenant Lawyer - Fairfax, VA
Answered

ANY mistake--probably not. Some mistakes--MAYBE. Read the paperwork you signed for provisions about how disputes are handled and what rights you have.

NOT LEGAL ADVICE. FOR EDUCATION AND INFORMATION ONLY. Mr. Rafter is licensed to practice before the state and... more

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