We hired a contractor to remove walls from our home which entailed re-routing some of our HVAC system. The company has left my walls crooked, molding crooked, and doorways uneven. They have returned to repair it but are attempting to only do minimal work to repair it leaving it still looking incredibly bad. They also did not out in enough returns into our house which has caused our furnace to shake our entire house and we had to seek another HVAC company to share that the other company and not put in enough returns. When are we able to discontinue working with this company and how can we hold them accountable? They have shown up inconsistently to work and never know what they are doing -
Listen to me very carefully. The hardest thing to do is to fire a contractor. Read the next sentence ten times:
When a contractor breaches its contract and you do not give it every right to come back and fix what is wrong, you waive all claims against the contractor.
I like to send at least 5 letters setting forth the exact detail (with photos) of what is wrong or not completed. Each letter should encourage the contractor to come over and finish the work. Give deadlines. Get a lawyer. The lawyer will want to see the contract to see if HICPA has been violated. HICPA is the Home Improvement Consumer Protection Act. Look it up.
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