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My contractor walked off the job. Without completing the contract. What can I do?

Oklahoma

Hired a contractor to add a 8x10 extension to my attached shop. On my house. He got the roof on. But pulled down a lot of vinyl siding. Exposing the rigid foam insulation under the siding. The fascia is open to the elements. I have paided the contractor all the money we agreed to for the extension.

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Aug 20, 2018
I'm sorry to hear that. When a contractor abandons a job before completion, it can quickly turn into a nightmare for the property owner. Let's look at a few options... - First, it might be a good idea to send a written notice stating that if the contractor does not return to the job within a specified amount of time, the job will be considered abandoned and another contractor will be hired to complete the job. Such a letter should also likely inform the contractor that action will be taken to secure amounts that were paid and not earned. -Sending a demand to perform the services that were agreed upon - or alternatively a return of the funds paid - could be effective, especially if sent via an attorney. -Another option may be to file a complaint with the contractors board or to the better business bureau. -Finally, depending on how much is in dispute, taking a contractor to small claims court might also be an option. Unfortunately, most of the above options aren't a particularly desirable route for many homeowners, and it can be hard to rectify the situation when full payment has already been made. If the amount is sizable, it might be a good idea to reach out to a local construction attorney and to provide them with all of the surrounding circumstances, documentation, and communication regarding the dispute. They'll be able to provide advice on how to proceed.
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Sep 1, 2020
Suppose the home owner wants more paint on the walls and the walls is more damage more what the contractor look at before. Now the job requires more work because it the walls never been paint for 20 years and the walls has blemishes, dents, etc.... The contractor painted the rooms and they are two colors. Then the contractor let the person know who lived there he was taken a day off to go to the doctor they got mad and yield at home. They threaten him. Rushing him etc...
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