Q: I hired a general contractor to do a small home remodeling job. They did a terrible job and wanted more money to finish.
I fired them and hired someone else to fix everything and finish the job. I am paying almost the same amount to fix the problems and finish. I called and asked for a reasonable refund but now no one is returning my calls. What are my options for getting some or all of my money back from the original contractor?
A: Your description suggests that the amount you paid the subsequent contractor to correct the defective workmanship was an amount equal to or greater than what was paid to the original contractor. In such instance, you can sue the original contractor for the dollar value of what was paid to the subsequent contractor to correct the defective work. Any additional amount paid to the subsequent contractor to finish the project, which had not been paid to the original contractor, is not recoverable. Whether it is worth the expense to file a suit against the original contractor depends upon the amount of money at issue. It would be best for you to review the details with an attorney.
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