What should I do if I feel as though a contractor is ripping me off?

A roofing contractor came to my house, told me that my roof was more than 15 years old and that I needed a new one. So, I paid him $8,000 to start the project, and $8,000 on completion. He and his guys started way back in June, and now it’s almost November. Half my roof is done, but the other half has no shingles or covering whatsoever. How do I get him to finish the job?

Consumers are often disappointed in the services a contractor provides or are ripped off by the individual or company they trusted to improve their home. It appears from your question that the roofing contractor came to you and solicited you for this project. We would stress that you should be weary of service providers who show up to your home uninvited and attempt to solicit your business. This is a tactic that is often used to make the homeowner feel pressured, via a face to face encounter, which causes them to agree to the services they are being offering.

You can attempt to locate the business through the Illinois Secretary of State’s Website, which should provide their main address and contact information. This would allow you to follow up with the business in an informal nature. However, if the business remains unresponsive, it might be necessary to retain an attorney who specializes in construction law and who can file a lawsuit on your behalf.

Contributor: Andy Lau

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