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Old 09-12-2018, 09:24 PM   #1
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Help with a bad basement foundation situation


Hello all,

Greetings. We hired a contractor to waterproof our basement / foundation. He started off good, but now he is dragging the project on (which is really dangerous as we live in a hurricane-prone area), lying about when he is coming to our house which disrupts all of our scheduling and plans (we have caught him lying at least 10 times--insane!), and he even insulted us today. He's also upset because we don't want to pay him as much as he demands upfront. He has been paid more than half of the estimate by us.

My question is:
The way he has treated us is inexcusable. We are considering just telling him to stop working on the project and to not come back. The problem is he'll probably claim he's done more work and bought more materials than what we've paid him (even though we've paid him more than half, and he's not in the finishing stretches). How do we handle that? How do we know what is a fair amount to pay him? We don't know what our rights are, or what his rights are. He is not licensed and our agreement is verbal only--we never signed anything.

Thank you very much! We are stressed.
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Old 09-13-2018, 09:37 AM   #2
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Make a list of your complaints and confront the builder. Matter of fact and without the anger. Sometimes it is just a misunderstanding, and a little break for the contractor who maybe hustling to get the jobs done. Can't help you if you feel entitled. Send a letter signature required and search the net for payment requirements. Start a paper trail with dates. If this becomes a litigation, nobody wins.
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Moderator, please merge threads.
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He is not licensed and our agreement is verbal only--we never signed anything.


He has been paid more than half of the estimate by us.

No contract, no price, and no license. And certainly no warranty.


You put yourself in a heck of a situation. I don't think you have an easy way out of this. Sit down with him and get an agreed upon price and completion date. And let him know he is not getting another dollar until its done. If it does not happen, tell him to get lost. He might sue, but probably will be just keep the money he has. No great loss if he does walk --- I would not be betting too much that your basement will be waterproofed when he is finished.
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Thank you very much for your help!
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