Q: A contractor completed shoddy work, said he’d fix it and hasn’t spoken to me since that verbal promise. Civil suit?
I hired Bella Concepts Remodeling to do work in a bathroom. The shoddy workmanship resulted in a pinched gasket and leaks, which subsequently saturated/rotted the floor underneath linoleum. When I reached out to the contractor, a year and a half after the work was completed, he rushed out, told me he fired the shoddy workmen who completed the job, apologized and verbally stated he would fix everything that needed to be fixed. He also confirmed his promise with a text. Since that time, he has repeatedly failed to talk with me. I submitted a complaint to the attorney general and the Better Business Bureau. The contractor then got in touch with me, telling me I had to get these complaints removed or he would not do the work he promised. Now, I have gone above and beyond to do what I can based on what he has demanded. Here again, he is no longer speaking to me. The bathroom is still soaked. The cost of the bathroom initially was $12,000. Can someone please give me a little bit of advice?
A: Get an estimate of the cost of repair. Ask him to pay. If he doesn't, take him to small claims court.
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