My home sustained damage totaling approx 45,000. The home is currently uninhabitable because of the damage . I contracted with a restoration company ( business is owned by several general contractors ) for the repairs and restoration , it appears that they are reputable , all licensed , and have been in business quite a long while . It also appears that they are very busy . I signed a contract with them in February specifying the scope of the work they would be performing a payment schedule as work is completed , etc . Contract appeared to be quite thorough covering all the legal aspects . The restoration was to begin March 15 ,2019 I was told that verbally by the project manager. A of today they have not started any work on my home In answer to my inquiries as to why it’s one excuse after another , the plumber is sick , they are tied up on another job , they had an emergency restoration that had to be performed out of town , etc. When I went back and read my contract I noticed that there was no start nor end date on my contract . I have not given them any money and I’m getting very frustrated . I want my home repaired so that I can go home ! What should I do ?
I suggest locating another company to do the work for you that will start right away. If you believe they are better than the first company you contracted with that had not yet started work, then use the second company. Send a notice to the first company, in writing, that you are terminating the agreement because they did not start on time.
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If it doesn't have a start date and end date, then those will likely mean reasonable start date and reasonable end date. We can't really tell how your contract will be interpreted unless we actually read the contract. You should consult with a local attorney and have them review the contract. If everything looks good in the contract, then your lawyer will send a letter to the company informing them that you are hiring another company to the work because they failed to start work within a reasonable time.
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