I had major damage to my house that is covered by my homeowner's insurance
. Since January 8, I have been put up in a hotel paid for by insurance. The amount of coverage for hotel will be used up on April 26. I have been in the hotel since January 11. My household was packed up in two PODS, and drywall removed, upstairs carpet removed, kitchen cabinets & bath cabinets removed, tile in bathrooms removed. It wasn't until April 1 that the drywall was repaired and the painting completed. The contractor has been uncooperative, and lollygagging around, even though I did finally get a timeline, I never did get an amended timeline. All the work was to be done by April 2, including the pack out. Painting was to be done by March 8. I picked the contractor, the insurance company did not. Contractor is trying to blame me for delays due to wanting upgrades and not making selections timely -- but that is a lie, and I have proof of being cooperative, and of them not providing selections until recently, and me responding within hours/24 hours or less. I have a "final" check made out to me and the contractor, which I am holding, even though I did endorse it -- per attorney, this may belong in a trust account to be dispersed in increments. I see attorney for free consult today -- but it looks like he is more in dealing with insurance, not with contractor, per website. Atty was recommended by another lawyer. This contractor's employees
have been a problem since the git-go, making promises and not following thru. And, I have been ignorant in not getting a contract
specifying work to be done and when. But, isn't this an inordinate amount of time? What recourse do I have to get them to work and put my house back together properly with upgrades, or to get another contractor(s). What can atty do for me, and what should I be expected to pay atty out of pocket. This is a nighmare, and I really, though smart, do not know what to do, and hoping this atty can help.