Even a smooth and successful home renovation project can be an enormous source of stress for a homeowner. Often, homeowners feel powerless and overwhelmed when the inevitable hiccups arise in a renovation project due to the high cost and because the work may occur within one's living space. For these reasons, and in recognition of the inherent imbalance in bargaining position once a renovation project is underway, homeowners should be aware of Massachusetts General Law Chapter 142A, also known as the Home Improvement Contractor Act.
Too often parties to a construction dispute do not focus on the importance of proving and recovering damages until the later stages of the case. A recent bankruptcy case, In re Patrick Gannon, shows why an analysis of damages and recoverability should be the highest priority when a home improvement project turns into a nightmare.