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Q: How do we pursue a settlement against Lowes for kitchen remodel valued at over $30,000 paid for in full 8 months ago

Lowes sent an unlicensed installer to our house to rip out and install new kitchen cabinets and hood vent system. Various breaches of contract including massively subpar work, theft from our home, dangerous living conditions, multiple violations of code, all needs be ripped out and start over . It... Read more »

Ben Corcoran
Ben Corcoran answered on Apr 13, 2021

Talk to a local lawyer and start the process of filing a lawsuit, this will have to be in superior court and I would not attempt this without professional legal representation.

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Q: New construction home how much time is considered reasonable notice to delay closing by the builder?

We were informed on Feb2 our closing date was feb 26 and final walk thru Feb 19. Additionally we were told to order the appraisal and secure our loan for the purchase date of Feb 26

The appraiser completed the appraisal and we secured our loan with a 38 day lock and submitted our 30 day... Read more »

Ben Corcoran
Ben Corcoran answered on Feb 19, 2021

I would have to read your contract with the builder to be able to fully answer this question, but I suspect that it is silent on it. Generally, reasonableness is determined on a case-by-case basis and is a question for the jury.

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Q: Can GC refuse to pay a change order if the work was performed but the change order wasn't turned in by a specific time?

We are subs on a job in NC. The GC, from out of state, needed extra work done, which we did on good faith basis without making them sign a change order before we did the work. Now they are saying since the change order wasn't turned in by a certain timeline, they don't want to pay it... Read more »

Paige Kurtz
Paige Kurtz answered on Feb 12, 2021

It would probably be best to have an attorney review the contract before providing you advice on this question. Generally speaking, the terms of the written contract are enforceable. I think ultimately the contractor would have to show some prejudice that occured due to the failure to submit on a... Read more »

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Q: How long is the builder liable for faulty construction on a new house? Purchased August 2020, lots of structural issues.

Floors are uneven, windows were installed improperly and leak every time it rains. Builder dodging my questions and giving us the run around. Saying someone will come fix, sends someone out to take measurements, then nothing happens. We’ve had at least 6 different people come out to look at the... Read more »

Paige Kurtz
Paige Kurtz answered on Dec 29, 2020

The statute of limitations for a contract is three years. However, there is also a statute of repose in North Carolina of six years for faulty construction. At the very least, you should given written notice to the builder of any issues that have arisen or that are warranty issues.

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Q: Can I sue the builder for removing my Lawn

Recently moved to a new house. The community is new and the builder just started work on the lot beside my house. He removed 18inch lawn from my property thinking that it belongs the other lot with out even asking me or checking the plot map. Can I sue the builder for what he has done? he said he... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Nov 12, 2020

A North Carolina attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for four weeks. The decision to sue is yours to make. You mention wanting to take legal action, but your description mentions that the builder expressed a willingness to fix the damage. Depending on the dimensions of your... Read more »

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Q: My contractor is saying there is a law in NC for a 50% percent deposit for remodeling. Is this true?
Lynn Ellen Coleman
Lynn Ellen Coleman answered on Nov 5, 2020

There is no such law requiring a minimum 50% deposit. You will find the following information about hiring a contractor: https://www.nclicensing.org/consumerAwareness.asp (copy and paste the link into your browser).

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Q: Hi, I entered into an agreement to purchase a modular with a stick built roof from a local GC. They initially requested

They requested a deposit of $1000 and in the agreement it says I agree to buy a home. The salesman told me this locks in my material costs for 30days. I hadn't closed on my existing home sale at the time and he told me not to worry everything would get going within 30 days. Lender he... Read more »

David Allan King
David Allan King answered on Oct 28, 2020

It's difficult to say without doing a full consultation that includes reading the contract and getting more information. However, as a general matter, a successful breach of contract claim will include the cost of lost profits. This is because the court is trying to put the plaintiff in the... Read more »

Q: I want to avoid having the trees that separate my yard and my neighbor's yard cut down or removed. Is there a way?

They've been there for well over 50 years now and they provide shade and privacy for our yard. We haven't had any issues until new city folk came in and started disturbing land and removing things around the tree line. I just want to keep the trees.

Ben Corcoran
Ben Corcoran answered on Oct 6, 2020

It depends on whose side of the line the trees are on. If the trees are on their property, they can remove them, and there is nothing you can do about it. If the trees are on your property, then they are not allowed to interfere with your property.

If you have any questions about where the...
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Q: Do I have a case against the builder of my house for the work they subcontracted out?

We built our house approximately 6 years ago and we have had several issues with the AC system since we moved in. The builder of our house used a subcontractor for our AC system. We have repeatedly reported issues about our system over the years and they kept sending out the subcontractor to fix... Read more »

Lynn Ellen Coleman
Lynn Ellen Coleman answered on Jul 29, 2020

You have a "statute of repose" issue. If it has been six years or longer, even if you did have a claim against your general contractor, it is too late to sue.

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Q: Cancelled contractor's contract and he is threatening me with breach of contract.

I fired a contractor and cancelled the contract because his work was shoddy, did not meet code and he was not performing. We paid a deposit of $850. The total contract is for $1,650. He only performed a very small part (removing existing stairs). He said I'm in breach and owe the balance... Read more »

Paige Kurtz
Paige Kurtz answered on May 29, 2020

If the contract was terminated, the contractor is entitled to the reasonable value of his services. It is unlikely that the remaining balance due on the contract would be due to the contractor. Yes, you can file an action in small claims to recover the difference between what you paid and what the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Construction Law for North Carolina on
Q: potential neighbor stated he will sue us for what builder has done.

Back behind the house on the lot is a big hill of dirt from which I guess the builder was excavating. He put pine straw all over it. The neighbor (house built by the same builder) has had damage to his well kept yard, he had to spend $5000 to build a trench from the water runoff, not to mention... Read more »

Paige Kurtz
Paige Kurtz answered on May 12, 2020

If you don't own the property, then there can be no suit against you. However, if you do purchase the home and it is a condition on your property that is creating an issue for your neighbor, there may be a claim. Since you are in the process of purchasing the home, you should resolve this... Read more »

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Q: How does the constitution prevent Congress from passing unreasonable law
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Apr 30, 2020

'Good question. The test is generally more about "constitutionality" than reasonableness. The Supreme Court has the power to deem laws unconstitutional, under certain tests it applies. If you're interested in learning more about this concept, research terms along the lines of:... Read more »

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Q: I need to file mechanic lien on a property i worked on and never got paid in haywood county nc. How do i get a form

Can i get a form for free or is buying one off deed.com for 19.99 the bedt way to get form

Paige Kurtz
Paige Kurtz answered on Apr 27, 2020

The North Carolina General Statutes contain the information that needs to be on your lien form. Its set out almost in a form in the statute. See 44A-12. However, I would recommend an attorney as the lien process can be complicated.

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Q: Does it matter if an item to be completed in a building contract appears in top itemized section or under payments?

My GC is claiming items (specifically exterior doors) are not covered in the contract because their installation is referred to under the payment section (ie payment #4 of X dollars required when doors in existing house are installed), rather than in the top section of contract listing type of... Read more »

Paige Kurtz
Paige Kurtz answered on Feb 19, 2020

Based on the information provided, installation of doors is included in the contract. If he doesn't install the doors, then he wouldn't be entitled to the payment that is contingent upon that work being performed.

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Q: Can I sue my GC for damages?

I hired a GC in August (with a written contract) that had an estimated timeline of 6 weeks to completion. It went well in the beginning, but he began to demand advances, which we naively provided via credit card. He continued to demand advances, threatening to walk if we didn't pay, while... Read more »

Paige Kurtz
Paige Kurtz answered on Feb 19, 2020

Yes, your damages are any monies paid to the contractor for work not performed. Also, the difference between the costs you were paying this contractor and the costs to fix and/or replace.

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Q: Who pays for repairs for something not up to NC Code?

In building our home, we asked for some enhancements that our contractor turned down because they wouldn't pass NC Code. One enhancement we asked and paid for, he did build. He built this without telling us it wasn't up to NC Code. Who is responsible for the repair to bring the item up to code?

Paige Kurtz
Paige Kurtz answered on Jan 27, 2020

The contractor is responsible for any work performed by them and is also responsible for constructing in a manner that is in compliance with the North Carolina Building Code.

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Q: We were hired at closing to repair a shower pan put up insulation and a moisture barrier homeowner will not pay a penny

For work completed she claims it’s not right however we have tried to make things right and make her happy she won’t let us on property she says we needed a license and permits which is false what grounds do we have to get paid for work completed

Paige Kurtz
Paige Kurtz answered on Jan 3, 2020

Depending on how much you are owed, you could pursue the matter in small claims court. The maximum allowed is $10,000. Also, contractors that have provided materials and labor to property may have lien rights against the real property.

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Q: Do electrical and pluming subcontractors working under a general contractor require to be licensed?

As I understand it, general contractors in NC are not required to be licensed for construction contracts under $30,000. Does that apply for any subcontractors the general contractor may hire to complete the overall construction contract / project?

Paige Kurtz
Paige Kurtz answered on Dec 30, 2019

Any subcontractors hired by the general contractor should be performing work included in the scope of the general contractor's contract. Thus, the general contractor's contract would have to exceed $30,000 if the sub's contract exceeds $30,000.00. Subcontractors work under the... Read more »

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Q: How much of a warranty do home builders have to provide on newly constructed homes?

We purchased a home that was completed in Mar 2018 in January 2019. Although it is a new home, we are the second owners. So we purchased it from the original owner and not the construction company. Because of this, we were told they would not extend the 1 year builders warranty to us, and it... Read more »

Paige Kurtz
Paige Kurtz answered on Aug 19, 2019

It will depend on the original contract between the homeowner and the builder as to what warranties exist. Any issues that arise that are a result of faulty construction could potentially be brought against the builder within six years of the original work. Your contractor is probably thinking of... Read more »

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Q: handyman priced a painting job verbally-has not finished it-suing me for more than the price is there a limit ? Options?

We have email communication and I have pictures he has changed price there times and now wants to be paid and the work is not finished and def not acceptable - no written contact - only verbal - myself and wife were w him on all conversations only is three - have pics - but he has filed a small... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on May 20, 2019

Stop asking strangers on a law blog if NC law will solve this festering problem and hire an NC lawyer instead. You will be glad you did.

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