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What To Do About Poor Workmanship From Your Contractor

Most of us have known individuals who had renovation nightmares as a result of employing a bad contractor who performed poor work at their home. Unfortunately, this is a common occurrence. Over fifty percent of homeowners have a negative experience with their remodel or a poor contractor. Numerous homeowners cite poor workmanship as the primary cause of their discontent.

There are numerous ways to end up with poor workmanship; the following ideas and advice will help you avoid this or find solutions to these problems if they have already emerged.

If you have not yet begun your project or engaged a contractor, there are a few steps you may take to prevent poor workmanship. By far the most crucial thing you must do is pick a respectable, trustworthy, and competent contractor.

Poor Workmanship From a Home Contractor

Employ a Reputable GC to Avoid Substandard Work

A reputable contractor would never cut corners to save money because they place too much importance on their reputation and make it their top goal to ensure that the client is satisfied both now and in the future. They want you to be so satisfied that you suggest them to your friends for many years. A poor contractor, on the other hand, does not care about the project’s outcome and is only interested in getting paid and leaving.

Before selecting a contractor, establish with a couple of their references that they were completely satisfied with the quality of the contractor’s work. If the pro performed admirably for previous clients, you may be confident that he will do the same for you. Also, you should explicitly communicate your expectations to the contractor upfront.

How To Avoid Poor Workmanship

Once a renovation has begun, I would recommend that the homeowner inspect the progress of the work several times per week, and at least once per week with the contractor or project manager. However, it is also essential to walk the work alone. When the contractor walks the project site with you, take the opportunity to ask questions and voice concerns.

Contractor Site Walk

However, it is also nice to monitor the project’s progress alone so that you may examine the quality of the work and the quality of progress in detail. If you see any issues or have concerns about potentially poor work, it is advisable to mention them as soon as possible and have the contractor address them without delay, as opposed to waiting until the project is complete. To accomplish this, the homeowner must monitor the renovation’s quality on a regular basis, not only at the conclusion.

It’s Too Late — Low-Quality Work Has Already Been Completed

When you’re in the midst of or nearing the completion of a remodel, discovering shoddy craftsmanship can be frustrating and lead to contractor disputes. This is not always an easy matter because the client and contractor may have different conceptions of what constitutes an “excellent” final result. Some contractors will overlook bad work, regardless of whether it is part of their work or an existing condition of the home, in the hopes that the client will not notice.

If the client recognizes the subpar work at the conclusion of the project, it is now extremely difficult to remedy because the project is complete. In some cases, a contractor may use items from the ‘back of their truck’, regardless of whether they are the appropriate parts for the task or are poor quality.

How to Deal with Poor Contractor Workmanship

Sometimes it might be difficult to determine whether a quality issue or concern is the result of poor workmanship or the existing characteristics of your home. You may rest assured that your house has flaws, even if they are not always evident to the human eye. The older the home, the more probable it is to have problems such as structural settlement, drywall/plaster flaws, outdated systems, etc. Even though your makeover has nothing to do with certain parts of the property, these flaws can often make it difficult to construct a flawless remodel without addressing the underlying issues first.

In certain instances, homeowners have difficulty determining whether the fault they observe is the result of a poor contractor’s work or whether they are being overly picky. Because the average individual is unfamiliar with construction standards, it can be difficult to determine what is appropriate and what is not.

Especially as the project nears completion, I recommend hiring a retired contractor or home inspector to assess the work at your residence. This type of individual, unlike most homeowners, can provide an experienced, objective assessment of the quality of the work, and they will probably only charge a small fee for this service. If they are willing to write you an inspection report, that would provide you with ‘ammunition’ when discussing the issue with your contractor.

You can also consider filing a claim with your state’s contractor licensing board. However, just know this can be a long process and may not help you get your project finished… it’ll at least prevent future homeowners from dealing with the same headache as you!

Why Do Some Contractors Perform Poor Work?

If you really believe that your contractor is the reason for poor workmanship, there may be a number of explanations. Some contractors will take on too many projects at once and rush to complete yours, increasing the likelihood of bad workmanship.

Other contractors either mismanage their teams or use the wrong crew person for a certain task because they are pushed too tight. For instance, if the tile specialist is too busy with other projects, the tiles will be installed by a framer or plumber, with disastrous effects.

Review your contractors poor quality work

What Do You Do Next?

When a contractor’s work quality is subpar or their performance falls short of your expectations, the first step is to have a chat with them about your issues. It is good to meet with the owner/contractor in person and to be prepared to discuss particular quality issues.

Additionally, be moderate and tactful. Explain in a polite and firm manner that you are investing a significant amount of money in this renovation and have high standards for the quality of the work. Let the contractor know you are prepared to make some concessions, but there are certain things that need to be redone or fixed before you will be satisfied. Remind them that you both want the project to be completed correctly and for them to be paid in full.

You must remember that your primary objective is to complete the job, not to engage in a contractor dispute. If you decide to sue a contractor for poor workmanship, your project will be halted until the lawsuit is settled, and the associated fees are prohibitive. In addition, the likelihood of obtaining a favorable outcome or a favorable monetary settlement is low.

Also, you may opt to fire your contractor and hire a new one to complete the renovation, but keep in mind that this could be rather difficult. Your present contractor will continue to expect payment. In addition, it is difficult to locate a new contractor prepared to complete the substandard work of another. However, if the quality of the job is obviously subpar, you are within your rights to notify the contractor, file a claim with their Surety Bond or state license board, or even file a lawsuit.

After having a talk in person, but before taking any major actions, you may try emailing or mailing a warning letter to a bad contractor for subpar work. A first warning letter should be written in a ‘mild’ manner so that the contractor is not offended, but will hopefully take it seriously and rectify the quality issues. 

Hopefully, these recommendations may assist you in resolving some of your difficulties with a contractor’s bad workmanship. 

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