Thank you Ma'am
I ask about who you are dealing with since that will dictate how you need to proceed if you are forced to sue them to recover for your losses.
Lets start with some background information
The first is the statute of limitations
. Under PA law there is a 4 year statue of limitations to file a breach of contract
claim. So if this started in 2011 you still have plenty of time under the statute of limitations.
But the next issue to consider is venue...where would you bring this case (if you had to sue). Under PA law you can sue in small claims
(they call it Magisterial court in PA) for up to $8K. So if you can settle for that amount...or if the total claim is that amount or less? Then you can bring this in small claims and save the cost of a lawyer.
Small claims is the "everyman's court"...the formal rules of evidence and procedure do not apply. SO you can truly "do it yourself". Of course you have to do the work (as opposed to having a lawyer do it for you) But since in most cases you can not sue for lawyers fees, it makes sense to keep it in small claims if you can
SO, lets talk about your "damages"
Under the law, you can sue for "reasonably foreseeable damages"...what that means is that you can sue for the costs that are reasonably foreseeable based on the breach.
SO, in your case, say you have to hire a contractor to come out and fix this mess created by the prior contractors? And say that cost is $5K? Then that is what your damages are...that is what you can sue for.
i would have a couple of local contractors (not home depot) come out and give a bid to fix this mess (including remediating the mold). Then tell home depot to fix it or you will sue...if they can not or will not, then sue them, if possible in magisterial court.
Let me know if you have more questions...happy to assist if I can