Many people in the Geneva area have owned a home for a while and may be looking to do some remodeling that goes above and beyond simple repairs. They may have hired a contractor to replace cabinets, knock down a wall or redo the tiling in their bathroom. However, what are their options if these contractors do a poor job and do not meet their obligations as agreed upon?
Retain an attorney
Sometimes the most effective way to address your concerns with a shoddy construction project performed by a contractor is to retain an attorney to advocate for your interests. Our firm’s construction law webpage may be of use to those who want more information on this topic.
File a claim in small claims court
Sometimes the damages caused by the contractor are significant, but still only amount to a couple thousand dollars. In such situations, it may be possible to file a claim against the contractor in small claims court. In this case, you forgo legal representation. However, if the contractor is a no-show at the hearing, you will prevail.
Bring the issue to the state’s licensing board
State Board’s for Contractors over see the construction, repair and improvement of properties. They can issue and cancel contractor licenses. They also regulate individual tradesman. In general, you can have a complaint form mailed to you, report a complaint online, or download and print a complaint form.
Bring the issue to the Better Business Bureau
While the Better Business Bureau does not often file a negative response on dues-paying members, a report to the BBB can serve as evidence that you have exhausted all other possible remedies.
Withhold further payment
Depending on the terms of your contract, if your contractor has not completed a job properly or in a timely manner, it may be possible to withhold further payment until the job is adequately completed.
Learn more about your rights in construction law cases
Ultimately, this post is for informational purposes only and does not offer legal advice. Our firm’s webpage on construction law may be a good resource to those who want to learn more about this topic.