Deadbeat Contractor wants his $
October 17, 2011 8:27 AM Subscribe
General contractor is incommunicado and will not return to repair his worker's error. He now asks that I deduct what I think is right from what's owed. Not sure how much to pay.
posted by mizrachi to home & garden (12 answers total)
I hired a general contractor to:
Install under cabinet lights
Fix two badly hung doors
Replace a section of flooring
Odds and ends
We agreed on a price and his worker finished the job two months ago. The GC was to come over after the work was completed to double check it and get paid. That has not occurred. In the interim, the lights are now not functioning and were, according to the manufacturer, installed so incorrectly that it would void the warranty. Additionally, one of the doors is still not hung correctly. I've had to do additional work myself to fix some of his errors. The GC is aware of the issues but is not reachable. He now asks that I figure out myself how much to take off his check and send him the balance.
Normally, I would simply hire someone else to do this work and then deduct that price from what he's owed. But, in this case, fixing the door correctly would cost considerably more than my GC's original quote.