Our home is about a hundred yrs old; it’s an excellent airy house, but it certainly shows its age. We recently renovated our basement, and we went through 3 contractors. It’s not easy to be a contractor’s client, as we know all too well. The first one came in, offered us the moon along with the stars, every day he came in no less than 2 hours late, and sometimes he wouldn’t even turn up. The next one offered us a wonderful quote and then he tried to overcharge us. And the third one; while he completed his job, he was generally on time, and he wasn’t overpriced. The job was, however poorly done, so we weren’t impressed with the quality of his work. But he was the lesser evil.
Different people have diverse ideas on when you ought to give up on your contractor, but I say following a weeks time of working with incompetence it’s pretty safe to understand it’s simply not going to work out. It’s always best to state the reasons why you won’t be employing them (e.g. never in time, too many breaks, too much of a cost increase, etc.) than to dance around them. Be straightforward and to the point when describing what’s troubling you, don’t get angry and assure them there won’t be hard feelings between you, but that you’re not used to working with people like that and you’d prefer to have a much smoother renovation process in mind.
If you have signed a contract, it gets tough. Based on what’s reported in your contract maybe you have to take issue in the small claims court. Try to be as courteous and relaxed as is possible so the situation doesn’t escalate. Discuss where he/she has failed to fill in his/her portion of the contract and the reasons why you like to terminate it. Should you come across someone reputable, friendly and not expensive be sure to keep them happy.