How to handle a monetary dispute with a contractor over the quality of their work?
Question Details: The landscape contractor used old sod grass and did not prep properly and now have brown areas in lawn, plus bumpy and uneven ground. I disputed the $1,000 credit card charge and now the contractor is threatening to remove the sod and charge me for extra landscaping services that he previously designated as free. What options do I have?
It's not worth litigating, or getting involved in a lawsuit over this: even if you were to represent yourself ("pro se") so there's no attorney's fees, unless you have some landscaper training or experience yourself, you'd need to hire some expert (e.g. a horticulturalist) to testify in court that the problems are due to something the landscapper did--i.e. as a nonexpert, you can't meaningfully testify as to whether the sod was defective or not, or what caused the brown patches, etc. Hiring the expert could cost a large part of what you hope to save, and winning the case is not certain (no case is ever certain; do not believe any attorney who tells you that the outcome is guaranteed). Try to work it out with him, but if you can't, you are better off paying than litigating.