No one hires a contractor with the intent of firing them at a later date, but the harsh reality is that you may find yourself in that position.
Therefore, before you hire a contractor to handle your next home improvement project, you should take the time to learn more about how to go about firing a contractor without risking retaliation.
After all, the contractor will have had access to one of your most precious possessions, so you want to be sure you will not face any problems with that contractor in the future. To that end, here are five simple steps to take when firing a contractor.
Step #1: Create a Solid Contract
The first step toward firing a contractor is to be sure you have a solid contract in place before the work ever starts. All information regarding the project and the materials to be used should be clearly defined in the contract. Your contract should also describe how you can recoup funds for the work and materials if the work doesn’t meet your standards and how any subcontractors will be paid. In other words, you should agree to all of the termination terms before the work begins. This way, you are both clear on the exact procedure and expectations.
Step #2: Gather Evidence
If you plan to fire your contractor, you will need to take the time to gather evidence and document why you are unhappy with the contractor’s work. If the contractor has a problem with arriving to the site late, for example, you should begin documenting when he arrives each day. If he is leaving a mess behind at the end of the work day that is not in accord with your agreement, take photos. If the work quality is shoddy, take photos and document what is wrong with the work or the materials that are being used. This way, when the time comes to fire the contractor, you will have the evidence you need to support your decision.
Step #3: Prepare Your Documents
Next, you will need to prepare your documents to share with the contractor. This may include labeling photos, highlighting specific areas in your contract or placing your notes in an easy-to-read format that you can share with the contractor.
Step #4: Get Your Thoughts Together
After preparing your documents, you should write down a few notes regarding the points that you want to cover when you meet with the contractor. This way, you will be sure to cover all of the important points without veering away from the purpose of your meeting.
Step #5: Meet with the Contractor
Once you have gathered all of the necessary documentation and evidence, it is time to set up a meeting with the contractor in order to discuss your concerns. When meeting with the contractor, be sure to stick with the facts and to discuss only those things that are related to his work and performance and not regarding his personal relationship with you.