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“Contractor starting to disappear. What to do?”

by Prince Of Petworth March 2, 2017 at 1:15 pm 32 Comments

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“Dear PoPville,

We are in the process of doing a significant amount of work to our house. We did a ton of research, interviews, checked on work, etc. Things had been moving along swimmingly and then near Thanksgiving started to slow up. Now there is little to no work being done, we are two months behind schedule, and I’m getting no response from my builder.

I’ve stopped writing checks but we’ve already paid roughly 35k in work (finish utilities and drywall) that hasn’t been done and I’m getting worried that my builder is literally getting ready to leave town this summer (without getting overly specific I’m quite certain he is relocating out West).

Any advice on what to do? I don’t want to in a couple months be out thousands of dollars and him no longer be in town. Find a lawyer? Call the city? It’s still my hope that this can all be worked out amicably but the lack of response, progress, and us being so behind is limiting my options.

Thanks for any pointers.”

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