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Question DetailsAsked on 10/8/2017

Should I fire by angie's list contractor?

Contractor uses sub-contractor to install vinyl siding and I'm not happy with their work. Contractor discusses concerns with sub-contractor and he walks off the job.

I have no confidence that my siding and the rest of the trim work will be done to my satisfaction and need to hire a professional certified vinyl siding installer. I am ashamed of the way my house looks and it has been 2 weeks since they started and now it may be winter when/if I get it done.

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You did not clarify who walked off the job - the sub or the general contractor. If the sub, then it is up to the general contractor to make the job right - possibly by totally removing the siding and possibly even underlying water barrier and any insulation they installed, if done wrong, and redo it right - including getting any needed replacement material which is damaged in the process or by the original sub. You should talk to the GC about getting a competent sub on the job - which will likely cost HIM more if the first one was cheap because he was inexperienced or incompetent, but that is not your problem. You paid for a workmanlike, to-code job for a specific price - it is the problem of the contractor (and possibly his filing a claim with the sub's bonding company) to makeit right.

If you mean the General Contractor walked off - then you go to HIS Bonding company and "call" his bond - file a claim for them to pay for another contractor to come rework as necessary and finish the job right, at a total (between opiginal GC and new contractor) out of pocket cost to you the same as the original contract - the bonding company should cover all overruns not caused by you.

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Answered 2 years ago by LCD


BTW - unless the GC is moving forward on getting it fixed (and document that fact, preferably as confirmation by you or him IN WRITING regarding what is being done to move forward, be sure to file a formal, written claim itemizing the defects you see ASAP - perferably by certified return receipt signature guaranteed mail. And be sure all correspondence is in writing from now on - or if verbal is confirmed in writing, by you if necessary to document it. Plus photos of course.

And of course get your complaints in ASAP, and certainly during any wrranty period, and if the work is substandard like it sounds you feel it is, obviously do not make any more progress payments until the work is brought up to snuff per the contract.

Answered 2 years ago by LCD

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