When hiring builders to complete a project on your home, you are relying on a team of builders to thoroughly go over the project that needs to be done and make a detailed contract that you both agree on. After that, you are relying on the contractors to abide by the contract by showing up to the job site on time and when specified, and by finishing the job in a timely manner, as per the contract that you and the contractors made and agreed upon together. Unfortunately, there are instances in which the contractor that you have hired does not abide by the contract. In such a scenario, the contractor may not show up to the job site, thus delaying the completion of the project that you and they had agreed upon. This will leave a negative impression and will impact the timeline that you had planned out according to the contract you had signed. Because this tends to happen more often than it should, the team of builders here at Style & Structure has put together a short list of things that you can do in order to remain calm and handle the situation as best as possible if your contractors don’t show up to the job.
Talk To Your Contractor
Your first option when your contractor does not show up to work should be to discuss the issues with your contractor face-to-face. Let them know that you have signed a contract and that they have decided to ignore their commitment to the job they agreed to do. When you have this discussion, however, make sure you remain calm instead of letting your frustration and disappointment take over. An open and honest discussion will go a long way and you can agree with your contractor to get them to send you updates on a regular basis. By communicating with your contractor, you will also be able to hear the reason for them not showing up. It is important to understand that contractors can have a lot on their plate when they are trying to get in multiple projects at a time, and by knowing why your contractors did not show up to work, you can work on a solution to the problem together.
Keep Track of Everything
When you are trying to reach out to your contractors after they have not showed up to work, make sure you keep all of your attempts to reach your contractors documented. This will be useful if you ever have to present your failed attempts to fix the issue of your contractors not showing up in a legal setting.
Consider Firing Your Contractors
If your attempts to reach out to your contractors and settle a mutual agreement in order to solve the problem of them not showing up to work have failed, then maybe it’s time to search for another contractor. In this case, you should either stop paying your contractor until they finally agree to work, or simply fire them and replace them. If you get to this point, it’s important to have all of the communication between you and your contractor documented and a copy of the contract that they broke.
File a Complaint
Because your contractor has essentially wasted your time by agreeing to do a job and then not doing it, you have every right to file a complaint with a local government agency. If the contractor you are working with is fully licensed and registered, then they will be recognized by agencies and thus can be penalized for not following common ethical practices. A complaint with a government agency will also allow for a discussion between your contractor and the agency, which is more likely to result in a solution to the problem.
Take Legal Action
In the worst-case scenario, you are able to take your contractor to court and take legal action for the breaking of your contract. In this case, it is crucial you have everything listed above documented for proof of your attempts to solve the problem.
It is important to do research and find a reliable contractor that will get the job done when specified by the contract that you signed. This will avoid any problems and the lengthy process of fixing those problems. If you are looking for a team of home builders who will follow the contract to the very last detail, contact our team at Style & Structure for a smooth, hassle-free process.