Most of the time a homeowner has a problem with a contractor, it is because the contractor has not finished the work or they've done a bad job.  It's an even bigger problem if the contractor has been paid in full for their incomplete or shoddy work.

On the other hand, if the contractor has not been paid in full, they may be threatening to file a mechanic's lien or take other legal action unless they're paid.  This puts the homeowner in a precarious situation, especially if the contractor is demanding payment in full before the work is done.

Ohio Contractor Dispute Attorneys

The law firm of Harris Engler LLC helps homeowners across Ohio with all ranges of disputes with contractors and home builders.  Ideally, an attorney can help you to resolve things without a lawsuit. If a contractor has filed a mechanic's lien on your property in Ohio then you will want to reach out to the law firm of Harris Engler LLC to discuss the options for removing the mechanic's lien.  The attorneys at Harris Engler LLC also help homeowners in Columbus and across Central Ohio filing lawsuits against contractors and builders to recover money overpaid for incomplete or shoddy work or to go after contractors and builders for damages.

What Are My Options for Resolving a Dispute with a Contractor?

The first main question is whether or not the homeowner's relationship with the contractor has deteriorated to the point where the contractor is no longer welcome on the property.  If the contractor did a bad job, then no homeowner is going to want or trust that contractor to finish the job. At that point, it is time to get someone competent in to finish the job.  Then you're left dealing with the issue of how much was the contractor paid and how much was the work that they actually did worth.  If you paid more than the work was worth, then you've got a claim for damages against that contractor.  It is usually the best idea to get a second written estimate from a competent contractor describing the ways in which the first contractor screwed up and then itemizing the cost to fix those issues.  

Homeowners will want to get an attorney involved in their disputes with contractors or builders as soon as you reach a stalemate where no more work is getting done and there are no solutions on the table.  At this point, an attorney can step in, review the contracts and estimates at issue, the pictures of the work done so far, and contact the contractor demanding a solution that is in line with the homeowners goals.  If those solutions cannot be worked out amicably between the parties then the next step would be to file a lawsuit against the contractor or builder.

Do I Need to File a Lawsuit Against My Contractor?

Usually an attorney will try to see if there's a way to work things out without filing a lawsuit.  But if that does not work out and there's significant money or damages at stake then you may have to file a lawsuit against the contractor or builder in order to try to get a resolution.  Evan T. Engler is an attorney and partner at Harris Engler LLC who is very experienced with construction litigation and in seeking justice on behalf of homeowners wronged by contractors and builders.  He can be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Ohio has some consumer protection statutes that can impose some stringent requirements on contractors who do work on residential property and if those requirements are not met then there can be serious consequences in a court of law.  

If you're in a stalemate with your builder or contractor, they've taken your money without doing the work, or they've done a terrible job, then it is time to get an attorney involved.  You can contact the law firm of Harris Engler LLC by calling and leaving a voicemail at (614) 610-9988 or you can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and briefly describe the type of issue you're having.  An attorney will be back in touch with you to discuss your case as soon as possible.
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