How do I get my contractor to finish the renovation job I paid him for?
June 17, 2014 6:49 AM Subscribe
Almost three months ago, I hired a friend of mine to do about $18k worth of renovations to my condo, $4k of which is labour. However, I made the mistake of paying him in advance, and after I paid the last instalment, he started making excuses for why he couldn't arrive on the site to finish the work (it's about 90% done). The project, originally estimated at two or three weeks, is now two months behind schedule.
posted by xekul to Human Relations (12 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
The biggest problem is that he's busy with other jobs, which he's prioritizing above mine, apparently because he hasn't been paid for them yet. He keeps telling me that he'll come by when it rains or grout's drying at his other job, but then he doesn't. I've expressed my displeasure about being given low priority, but it isn't motivating him to complete the work. I think he would eventually finish the job, but it's the busy season right now and that could be months from now. I wanted it done two months ago.
I don't care about preserving the friendship, and he isn't acting like he does. I just want the job to be finished, without paying either him or somebody else more money, and without compromising the quality of the work.
As a possible solution, I've thought of leaving a negative review for him on HomeStars (a popular site here in Toronto), or at least threatening to, and updating the review once the job is complete. But I don't want this action to damage any remaining goodwill that could possibly cause him to eventually finish the job.
I don't want to sue him, because it would ensure that the work never gets done and not actually ensure that I will get any of my money back. That's why I filed this under "human relations."
What should I do?