The reason home remodeling projects always cost more and take longer than agreed is because some general contractors want to make the most money with you. Getting the maximum benefits is Business 101.However, some general contractors (GC) go too far. Tell him the project will be completed in the next two weeks. If it is not, you will consider that you have abandoned the project and will use the balance you owe to complete it and sue for any surplus.
If your contractor is taking too long to finish, it may be time to replace it. Do what you can to defend yourself and save yourself some money. After all, it's your money and your time that they're taking advantage of. Don't feel bad about having lowered your foot.
However, the first course of action should always be to contact your contractor before taking drastic action. You need to contact them directly and let them know that the delay is not acceptable. Have them commit to an end date, and when they give you an end date, let them know that you'll look for other solutions if they can't do it by then. Most of the time, even the veiled threat of a lawsuit will set them in motion.
Most problems between contractors and homeowners are due to communication problems and lack of updates. Too often, contractors get caught up in the details of the project and fail to adequately notify owners of daily progress and setbacks. While it's best to establish communication early on, if you're in a deteriorating relationship with your contractor, re-initiate communication and make sure you have everything in writing. Texts and emails are great for this; even when you have verbal communication, tell the contractor you're going to send an email summarizing the conversation to make sure you're on the same page.
This forces both to expose their potential problems, and can be reconsulted if further problems arise. As soon as you start having problems with the contractor, one of the best things you can do is to re-establish what the plan is going to follow and the time frame in which it will occur in the time frame in which it will occur. Are the workers who built your addition also tearing up the yard? Write down exactly what will be done to rectify it and when it will. Again, a thunderstorm could postpone this, but a good contractor will be able to avoid it and have a little cushioning to account for those things.
I estimate that the contractor has finished approximately 80% (but 70% of the work was completed in the first 12 weeks). So the contractor wasn't finishing the work, and the owners didn't want to confront or criticize the contractor directly because they feared that a negative confrontation could result in below-normal retaliatory work on the part of the contractor. If you can't get along with a contractor's employee, it's your job, not yours, to resolve the dispute. There can be many reasons for the contractor's disappearance, some understandable: the contractor got sick or injured on another job, for example.
The remaining payments can be used as leverage to get your contractor back to work and finish the job as soon as possible. Because general contractors are located near the top of the payment chain, they face financial risks that are similar and distinct from subcontractors, subcontractors and other parties below them. The structure of pay points will affect how your contractor thinks about your work, just as you probably think about the amount of money you want to set aside for various life milestones. Keeping the same contractor on the job would save you the immediate hassle of starting the search process (research, referrals, and the rest), but would invite a repeat of the same problem, perhaps with a much higher financial cost.
Just like a business manager, part of a contractor's skill should be to hire good people, and the contractor who shrugs his shoulders in apology for bad subcontractors is passing the blame, that's really theirs. Find a copy of the contract and gather all documented communications, deadlines, invoices and photos of the contractor's work. If the communication is vague, difficult to understand, or delivered with a temper, your contractor isn't doing a significant part of your job. They should show the judge the chronology of what happened, the contractor's bad faith and the low quality of the work done (if any).
But once you've gotten to the point of counting the tables, you'll wish you fired your contractor a long time ago. . .