Unfortunately, it is much more difficult in recent years to recover damages from contractors. The law in Pennsylvania states that damages related to bad workmanship are not covered by general contractor insurance policies, and thus you have to recover directly from the contractors themselves. If the contractor has assets, such as vehicles and equipment that are owned by the contractor and not jointly with a non-liable entity then those assets could be taken in the event of a successful lawsuit. This kind of litigation can be expensive however, and experts almost always have to be hired for trial. Since your cost to "fix" the work is less than $3000.00, hiring an attorney may not be financially practical for you. You can always take them to small claims court on your own - you do not need a lawyer to do that. Although any resulting judgement would be difficult to collect on, the contractor may be motivated to ameliorate your damages in order to avoid further action. You should also know that in the last few years a number of criminal statutes dealing with contractor fraud have been adopted in Pennsylvania, so if you think your contractor has truly cheated you you can contact the District Attorney's office in your county and report the conduct.
I would contact the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General-Consumer Protection. Contractors now have to be registered with the Office of Attorney General. I would contact them and seek their assistance.
PA has a special consumer protection statute that covers home improvement contracts and contractors. A contractor may be made to pay up to 3X the actual damages and your attorney fees. See:
You should contact a local consumer protection attorney to review your situation to see if you have a cause of action against the contractor.
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