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By: Brian B.
Catalano Construction
The job done was not professional. In 2011 we had a serious upstairs water leak which caused the lower floor ceiling to collapse. We elected to replace the carpet with tile and the job done is amateurish. Just under 2 yrs. after the work we had them come out to replace tile that was uneven. However I keep finding more tile that was installed uneven. Now, I can't get any more tile because it was discontinued. I am stuck and have to live with the crappy tile job unless I want to replace all the tile with a different style. I paid an extra $5000 for the tile work needed to install this tile. I keep finding other small items not done right but I am not going to contact Catalano because the 2 yr. warrantee is over. Ex: They refinished the cabinets and the job was bad, runs and drips showing. Some trim not installed. We had to keep after them to redo repairs during the remodel and it wore me out. I am a senior and don't need the aggravation of dealing with them again.
Tips & Advices
If there is ever a dispute regarding payment over the course of the project, a contractor or subcontractor could place a payment claim, or lien, on your property. To avoid this, ask the contractor to sign a lien release, which is a legal agreement that states that any payment accepted is final. This can come in handy if a contractor has his or her own payment issues with their subcontractors. Signing a lien release form certifies that any payment made by a client to the contractor is enough to pay for any goods or services rendered.
Absolutely ask. Paying too much up front offers the homeowner minimal leverage if the quality of work does not meet expectations or contractual specifications. Try to establish a reasonable pay schedule, such as paying 10 percent of the total cost for each 10 percent of the work that is completed. Include this payment plan in the contract, as well.
Before any money changes hands, there should be a contract to sign. Make sure the specifics of the work and all costs are listed in the contract, including details. If you forget to have something included in the contract after signing it, there's rarely a chance of recourse.
Ask the contractor for proof of their certification before signing anything, as well as their proof of insurance. You should also check your homeowners insurance policy to see if they offer coverage for contracted work. You may want to call your insurance provider and ask for more details on what your plan will and won't cover.
Yes. Plans for how the work site will be cleaned at the end of each day as well as at the conclusion of work need to be put in writing. An experienced general contractor should make every effort to keep the workspace clean and prevent dirtying or damaging any other area. Even so, talk with the contractor about the daily schedule, the logistics of transporting workers and equipment, and how cleanup will be handled.

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