Our house is approximately one hundred yrs old, it’s an amazing airy place but it undoubtedly shows its age. We recently renovated our basement and we experienced 3 contractors. It is not easy being a contractor’s client, as we know much too well. The first one came in, offered us the moon as well as stars, day after day he arrived at least 2 hours late and often he wouldn’t even show up. The second one presented us a great quote and then he tried to overcharge us. And the final one; while he completed his job, he was constantly on time and he wasn’t expensive. The job was, however badly done so we weren’t impressed with the quality of his work. But he was the lesser evil.
Different people have various ideas on when you should give up on your contractor, but I say after a weeks time of struggling with incompetence it’s pretty safe to recognise it’s simply not going to work out. It’s always safer to talk about the reasons why you won’t be employing them (e.g. never on time, way too many breaks, too much of a price increase, etc.) rather than to dance all around them. Be clear and to the point when explaining what’s on your mind, don’t get mad and assure them there won’t be hard feelings between you, but that you are not used to working with people like this and you’d would prefer to have a more enjoyable renovation process in your mind.
When you have signed a contract it gets complex. Based upon on what’s mentioned in your contract you may have to take issue in the small claims court. Attempt to be as polite and relaxed as possible so that the situation doesn’t worsen. Point out where he/she has failed to fill in his/her part of the contract and the reasons you desire to terminate it. If you do find someone trustworthy, friendly and not costly ensure that you keep them pleased.