So the next step, according to my lawyer, is for ME to sue HIM. HAH! This will be funâ€¦
In order to defend myself against the allegation that I broke the contract with no good reason, I have to sue him for damages to the house, so I have to make a list of everything that is wrong and write a synopsis of the entire sad affair (pretty easy since I have been writing about it all along).
It’s therapeutic putting it all together. I get mad sometimes and sometimes I just feel this little prickle of â€œfinally, I get to tell my side of it to a third party who can actually make this guy squirm a bit!â€.
These are the opening paragraphs to the expert’s report. It is so damaging to his case that my attorney thinks we should hold it back and use it in conjunction with the engineer’s report which will take a while to finish because he has to come up here several more times and take measurements, etc.
“As requested, I have personally inspected the above property to give a bid on the cost to finish the home. I found that the residence was far from final completion. I also found serious structural issues and poor workmanship throughout the home. For example, the large exterior decks were not built according to the approved set of plans, the main support beams were not properly sized and the proper beam to post connections were left out. The structural beam connections throughout the home’s two floor systems are not built according to the approved set of plans. The beam connections used and installed by the contractor were undersize, missing bolts, missing nuts and missing important support plates. The pre-cast concrete caps and flashings for the exterior rock veneer are missing. Serious cracks in the rock veneer already show signs of water damage due to improper installation. Also, building materials were used for the wrong applications; flooring, interior trim. These are just a few of the problems I found. I will address more below in my estimate.
The process I used to discover the structural problems in the residence is to compare the existing construction of the home with the approved and engineered set of plans. Variances were then analyzed & details were reported by a structural engineer. I met with the Summit County Building Department inspector at the home and he pointed out code issues not addressed by the original contractor, and their required fixes.”
When I finish my report, which should be done in the next day or so, I will send it to my attorney who will draw up the papers for the lawsuit. Then he gets served papers! I can’t wait.