Tracy Stolz, a 60-calendar year-aged technologies income government, hired a contractor to renovate her kitchen area, laundry home and initial-ground toilet, in Potomac, Md. Ahead of extensive, the contractor wasn’t showing up, and subcontractors possibly done shoddy operate or appeared directionless. She’d been expecting to scrape by without the need of a kitchen area or laundry place for three months. But that  stretched into 4 months,  then 5. Inevitably, Stolz employed an lawyer to negotiate an end to the household renovation deal.

“I was warned that if the deal wasn’t adequately terminated, the contractor could set a mechanics’ lien on my residence,” she suggests. Stolz ended up choosing a new transforming company to finish the get the job done — and shelling out about $20,000 extra than she experienced planned. In the course of action, she realized that the initially contractor hadn’t compensated some subcontractors and had ordered some erroneous items — on her dime.

By Ellie