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How to tackle a dispute with your contractor

You put a lot of time into comparing contractors, as you want to choose the perfect person for your project. But even if you do your homework up front, you could still find yourself in a serious dispute at some point.

Disputes with contractors are never easy to navigate, as both parties are likely to have their own version of what's gone wrong. Fortunately, there is more than one way to tackle a dispute with your contractor. Here are some ideas to consider:

  • Have an honest conversation: This is often the simplest and most cost-effective way to tackle a dispute. Share your concerns with the contractor, hear them out and do your best to reach a resolution. Sometimes this is all it takes to get back on track.
  • Review your contract together: Doing so will give both of you a clear idea of what's expected in regard to project scope, payments and other key details. It's a good idea to take on this step as soon as a dispute arises.
  • Consider mediation: You don't necessarily have to file a lawsuit right away. You may be able to go through formal mediation to find a resolution that works for both parties. In many cases, you are required to go through mediation or arbitration before taking your claim to court.

When you hire a contractor, the last thing you're thinking about is a dispute. If this happens, an immediate conversation may be just what it takes to get the project back on track.

In the event that you're unable to work things out, try to find middle ground based on the terms and conditions of the contract. For example, this may entail the contractor forgoing final payments and leaving you to finish the project.

If you try your best to work things out but continue to run into trouble, it's time to learn more about your legal rights in Texas and the steps you can take to protect them. The last thing you want to do is let your contractor take advantage of you, as this can cost you time while increasing your stress level.

If you're tackling a dispute with your contractor, empower yourself with your legal options for the most effective resolution.

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