- Apr 5, 2013
- The CommonPuke of LiberChusetts
I know how the NES members love big brother, that being said what did your nephew do to vet this clown ahead of time? This work requires a permit in any town in Mass. Inherent in that is a construction supervisor license (csl) and a home improvement contractors license (HIC) as well as workman's comp insurance and a contract. If you are spending 15K+ and using a friend of a friend as reference without further inquiries then some of life's lessons are meant to be painful.
Does the work look bad, yes. Should you address that on day one, yes. The HIC fund referred to above is homeowner driven. If the homeowner did not require a permit, did not verify the contractor was HIC registered the homeowner has waived all rights thru that program. You can'r save some money, get one over on the man, cheat the system and then turn to that system when you have failed yourself. Figure out where he stands with the facts and the law, contacting the local building department is a good place to start, and then try to recover what you can without spending a dime because you will be lucky to get one back.
If he found someone good then best of luck with him, hopefully not another friend of a friend. And any painted interior window replacement job should have some paint, caulking work around each opening to restore it to pre disturbed conditions. There is a reason legitimate contractors cost more, they invest more in themselves their employees and their business. It is reflected in the quality of work and the quality of the building experience. Good luck to your nephew.
OP here...If the contractor didn't get permits (he didn't, the city told my nephew) from the city (they're required in his city for the work that was done), won't that come back on my nephew? (have him re-do some or everything and get him jammed up for having "un-permitted" work??)..I'd sue him. he'd most likely fly by night, so he doesn't have a Home improvement license or contractors license. If he does, file with the State asap
The "contractor" does indeed have (I just checked, now that I'm digging into this further to help the kid) has a Home Improvement Contractor License, also a Construction License, a Federal Employer ID Number, and an "OSHA approval Number"...