Q: Should I accept a $2k settlement or proceed to arbitration in a substandard bathroom remodel complaint against Lowe’s?
I purchased products and contracted with Lowe’s to remodel 2 bathrooms. I signed a contract that stated the length of the project was “TBD” and was verbally told 4-5 weeks. The contractor was unprofessional and did substandard work and I asked that he be removed from the job after 8 weeks. The total length of the project ended up being 3 1/2 months and during that time Lowe’s discontinued their program of providing contractors for remodeling projects. I had to work by phone with a corporate Installation Manager, located hundreds of miles away, to coordinate completion of my project. I provided a complete written timeline of the project and it’s multiple problems , including 20 photos of damage and substandard work, to the Installation Manager with a request for fair compensation. My project cost $11k and I requested $6k in recompense. Lowe’s made one offer of $2k and refuses to negotiate. How should I proceed?
A: I would take them to the nearest Small Claims Court and ask for damages for $5,000. if you lose, you cannot appeal the Court's decision. If you win, the defendant (Lowe's) can appeal the decision and ask for a trial "de novo" (a new trial). Or you can file a civil lawsuit and serve it on Lowe's. The mere filing and serving the lawsuit might force them to up the ante.
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