If the work was done very poorly then you do not have to allow the contractor to return to fix the work. Write to the contractor and list your complaints. Make sure you date the letter and keep a copy for your records.
Take photographs to document your problems. You also need to get expert opinions, in writing, as to the poor quality of the work and what it will cost to repair it. You can get this estimate from the code enforcement officer of your town or from another contractor. The opinion they give you will be the amount of damages you will try and recover in court.
Once you have this information, you can sue them.
If the amount of damages you are seeking is under $6,000, you can sue in small claims court without having to hire an attorney. Otherwise, you must sue in a higher court. If you cannot sue in small claims court, you might want to hire an attorney for help.
You can get the court forms you’ll need to bring a small claim at your local district court or on the Maine Judicial Branch’s website. You can find a link to this guide in the Quick Links section to the left. When you go to small claims court, you will present your Statement of Claim along with your evidence. Your evidence may include:
- a written contract if there was one;
- written estimates of the cost of completion; and
- records of any communication between you and the contractor.
If you would like help with any of this, call the Legal Services for the Elderly Helpline at 1-800-750-5353 to speak to an attorney for free.