Home Remodeling: Get It All In Writing

Tracy Stolz, a 60-calendar year-outdated technologies revenue government, employed a contractor to renovate her kitchen, laundry space and to start with-flooring lavatory, in Potomac, Md. Right before very long, the contractor wasn’t exhibiting up, and subcontractors both performed shoddy get the job done or appeared directionless. She’d been anticipating to scrape by without the need of a kitchen area or laundry place for three months. But that  stretched into four months,  then five. Eventually, Stolz hired an lawyer to negotiate an stop to the household renovation contract.

“I was warned that if the contract was not correctly terminated, the contractor could put a mechanics’ lien on my house,” she suggests. Stolz finished up using the services of a new reworking enterprise to complete the perform — and spending about $20,000 a lot more than she experienced planned. In the system, she acquired that the 1st contractor hadn’t compensated some subcontractors and experienced ordered some erroneous merchandise — on her dime.