Considering Legal and other options
It has come to such a pass with our contractor that we are considering legal options. I would appreciate some advice on how to go about this. We really want the GC out of our lives and just need to move in to the house. Again I turn to GW for creative,practical and sound advice. You guys are smart, compassionate and will hopefully shows the light at the end of the tunnel.
It has been more than 2 years since we started the remodel and we are not yet done. Our project was a whole house remodel. Right now we are very very close to being done and he is dragging his feet scheduling subs and thowing up random invoices. Example - backsplash is done but the grouting is not. Electrical fixtures are in but a couple of them don't work as intended. Some of the appliances are yet to be installed and the kitchen cabinetry work has some work left (appliance panels, some paint touchups, dividers etc.)
City/ permits etc. --> Is the GC required to finish the job and get the necessary inspections done? How do we approach this issue with the city? We are very little remaining that we are unlikely to hire a different GC. We can probably hire different subs ourselves and wrap it up. The city inspection process and getting the occupancy permit is what is really worrying us.
Utilities --> We finally have the electricity connection but the gas meter is not yet installed. The GC told us that the occupancy permit has to be issued by the city building dept before we can call PG&E (our utility in CA) and schedule for them to come and do the gas meter hookup. As the utilities are anyway in our name, can we contact them directly and do it?
Sub contractors --> Even though the subs were identified by the GC, the contract was signed by us and we have been giving checks directly to the sub based on the invoice that the GC provided us. If we were to call the subs directly and ask them to finish what was contracted, can they refuse? Can we force the issue legally? Or should we just consider this a loss and find someone new. How will this impact warranty for the work already done - by the electricians etc?
Legal process --> How does this usually work? At this point, I would be OK if he just gave us the keys back and acknowledged that his involvement in the project is over. I am not looking for any money compensation but I also do not want to pay him a penny more. What should we expect and be prepared for? We have access to a legal plan (Hyatt) through work and we are planning to call them to get some advice. We do not want to use big guns if a small one will make him go away. But maybe I am being naive here.
advice for sanity Given that we are so close, should we figure out some way to complete the remaining work with the GC? Are we opening a bigger pandora's box by considering legal options? When is legal option worth it?