When you hire a contractor for a home renovation or construction project, you expect them to do the job correctly and to your satisfaction.
Unfortunately, some contractors may not perform their work to the required standards, which can result in costly and dangerous consequences. If you suspect that your contractor is using shortcuts or is not following building codes, there are steps you can take to protect your interests and hold them accountable under Pennsylvania law.
Inspect the work
The first step when you suspect that your contractor is not doing things correctly is to inspect the work. Look for any signs of substandard workmanship, such as crooked walls, uneven floors or improperly installed fixtures. Take pictures and document any issues that you find. You may also consider hiring an independent inspector or engineer to assess the work and provide a professional opinion.
Notify the contractor
Once you have identified issues with the work, notify the contractor in writing. Explain the specific issues and provide evidence, such as photographs or the report from an independent inspector. Request that the contractor address the issues promptly and provide a timeline for completion. Under Pennsylvania law, the contractor has a duty to perform their work in a good and workmanlike manner and to comply with applicable building codes and regulations.
Consider legal action
If the contractor refuses to correct the issues or perform their work to the required standards, you may consider taking legal action. Pennsylvania law allows homeowners to file a complaint against a contractor with the Attorney General’s Office, which has the authority to investigate and take enforcement action. You may also seek compensation against the contractor for breach of contract or negligence.
Hiring a contractor for a home renovation or construction project can be a significant investment. Therefore, it is important to know what to do if you do not feel that your contractor’s work is up to par.