Regardless of why you hired a contractor, you likely have certain expectations. You probably plan to have the work completed by the date you agreed on, receive the materials you chose and trust that your contractor will perform the work according to manufacturer specifications.
Unfortunately, things do not always go according to plan. Inclement weather could play a factor, as could an empty supplier warehouse. While shoddy workmanship and project delays are always a risk, there are some ways you can protect your interests when you handle a dispute with your contractor.
There are ways you can stand up to your contractor
Before you establish an agreement, you should do your due diligence to find a licensed contractor with a quality reputation in your area. But regardless of how thorough you are, your research beforehand may not always prevent a dispute.
If you have problems or disagreements with your contractor, there are some things you can do to help get your project back on track. Some of your options include:
· Involving an arbitrator to help you reach an agreement
· Suing your contractor
· Filing a complaint with a government agency. If they find merit to your grievance, they may help settle the dispute.
· Withholding payment until the contractor fixes the problem. Some contractors may ask for payment before beginning their work. However, you should understand that except in specific circumstances, California law prohibits contractors from accepting a down payment in excess of 10%, or $1,000, of the total price of the contract.
Many contractors will try to work with you if disputes arise. But if they do not complete the agreed-upon work correctly in a timely manner, you may want to explore your options for holding them accountable.