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Question DetailsAsked on 12/26/2016

What can i do, my contractor is telling me his mistakes are just mishapes of the job

The counter top does not fully cover the undermounted apron sink.
There is a large gap between the plywood and countertop. Cabinets are not lined up correctly, doors exit. The w
Dryway behind the cabinets and where the new appilances will go aren't repaired or painted.

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Sounds like either handyman doing work an expert kitchen remodeler should be doing, or he is just a sloppy workman.

Not sure what his mistakes being "misshapes of the job" means, unless you mean he is blaming it on walls out of plumb or not straight or out of level subfloor or such - but levelling and plumbing and aligning, or trimming so suit, is part of the job - and if the misalignments were too severe (inches rather than fraction of an inch) he should have either initially upped his bid to redo the unacceptably out of alignment items before starting the cabinets, flooring, and countertop - or refused to take the job until that was done by someone else - but no excuse for the type of beginner mistakes it sounds like he is making.

Except for the painting behind built-in appliances like dishwashers and behind cabients, where even though it should be properly painted for moisture resistance, commonly unless specifically scoped for full painting those areas are only primed or maybe at most painted with a plain white cheap latex, but the rest of your list sounds like legitimate deficiencies to me and not a "workmanlike" product, so it should be corrected before you pay. And certainly drywall should be patched and intact, to avoid air/moisture leaks into the walls or access for vermin.

Because of the number of things you mention I would question whether withholding any further payment till the work is redone right (your first and most immediate means of enforcing workmanlike work product), I really wonder if this contractor is capable of doing a decent job - especially since if he has to redo the cabinet installation and replace the countertop because of the oversize hole it will cost him out of pocket so his incentive will be to rush and shortcut the job even more, not fix it right even if he is capable of doing so.

Basically, to enforce a claim that his work is substandard you would likely have to have a written expert opinion backing you up - by a licensed home inspector at least, and possibly an architect or residential construction civil engineer. However, if you assume the contractor is not functionally able to do the job right, then your normal recourse would be documentation of the deficienciesto the hilt, probably getting an attorney on board at least for the added weight his presence in the case will carry even if it never goes to legal action, and through the attorney call the contractor's Bond to have the bonding company pay another contractor to redo/finish the job right.

You don't say what percentage of the job you have paid for already, or if the contractor has said anything about cost overruns or change orders, but I would not doubt if you are in trouble on those scores as well.

Your contractor is properly licensed and bonded, right ? Or did you fall into the lowest bidder syndrome and get a "contractor" who is not licensed or bonded, possibly is not operating legally at all, and maybe not even a firm price written contract with definitive scope of work ?

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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