Post # 1
okay bees I need some advice:
The back story: I own a house and our kitchen is curently being remodeled. There are only two certified contractors in town, one of them is booked through until next summer and the other (who I hired to do the job) has done great work for friends houses but is a little more expensive. They started work December 6th and it was supposed to take two weeks. We left town Dec 20th and they still had quite a bit of work to do but didn’t think anything of it as they have a key and were planning to finish while I was gone. Well I have been back for a week, and it is WELL past the 2 weeks origionally planned. Not only do I not have electricity in the kitchen still (its not the breaker I checked) but also the counter tops they installed are terribly crooked like notice it from outside through the window crooked) and the ill fitting countertops make my stove not fit back in its place, and he says they are all done with the job…hmmm… so my options are.
Not pay him until its right and just put up with not having a kitchen for another MONTH
Deal with it and buy a smaller stove and not place anything round on the counters so it doesn’t roll away
Pay him half and hope he comes back to fix it.
Post # 3
I would not pay him until he does what he was paid to do. Stand up to him! We hired someone with great references ( has done many of my families kitchens) and he got our new granite marble countertops in for $1000 AND did it in ONE 12 hour day! he did a great jonb BUT when he was done and asked for payment my Fiance saw that when they moved our stove to do the back splash they BROKE OFF THE STOVE DOOR. He was like uh uh, no. You aren’t leaving til it is fixed. Fiance ended up finding a how to through the manufacture website but he told me ” Hell no was I gonna let them leave cause I knew you would have been PISSED and I wasn’t about to have that on me!” My uncle who is like my FI’s surogate Father-In-Law was like good for you!
I paid a guy half cause he half way finished my car…and he never came back. I learned my lesson.
Don’t buy another stove! make him do the job he said he would!
Post # 4
Do NOT pay somebody if you’re not happy with their services. Payment is acknowledgement that they’ve fulfilled their responsibilities.
Post # 5
I wouldn’t pay him until he comes back and fixes what he screwed up. You need to be there with either your Fiance or your dad or someone to reinforce that the job is shotty and that it needs to be up to your expectations.
Post # 6
DO NOT PAY HIM. The courts won’t support you if you have to sue if you paid. They will argue that you paid because you were satisfied and THEN changed your mind. I would also take pictures with a level, document all the issues with a camera and a newspaper (for the date) and draft a letter to your contracter with what you want fixed. Keep all your documentation (including a copy of the letter) and refuse to pay until it is done to your satisfaction.
Also… did he get permits? It suprises me that the kitchen could be considered done if the electrical doesn’t work. If the electrical doesn’t work that might be a bad wiring job, which brings me back to permits.
Post # 7
he had a building permit but I think he hired someone that was not on his crew to do the electrical, I have been told he does that but I haven’t heard from anyone (electricians or other wise) to confirm that.
Fiance will come home at the end of February for two weeks from his curent deployment and I don’t want to wait that long. My father lives several thousand miles away, I might see if I can ‘borrow’ a friends husband for the day. That is going to be an odd request.
Okay, I have decided I am not going to pay him until it is fixed, I am just so sick of not having a kitchen! It has been exactly a month now that I have been using a microwave in my bedroom and washing dishes in the laundry room sink, its beginning to be a pain. I never realized how much I love running water.