It is only natural for a contractor to want to get paid for his or her hard work on a project. When a homeowner refuses to pay, it can be for any number of reasons, and they are not always reasonable. The homeowner may expect extras to be thrown in without additional cost, or may have standards that are unrealistic. He or she may also not recognize that reasonable delays occur. In any event, contractors will frequently decide to sue homeowners after trying to collect.
However, in Massachusetts, contractors run a huge risk by filing suit. Unless their contracts are in compliance with the Massachusetts Home Improvement Contractor Law, they may be exposed to liability under the Consumer Protection Act, M.G.L. c. 93A. This could subject the contractor to double or treble damages, attorney's fees, interest and costs. So, contractors should make sure, in advance, that they are properly registered, and that their actions are in compliance with the law. In addition, they should have their contracts reviewed by an attorney and make absolutely sure that they are as protected as possible.
This is one area in which it is well worth the expense to have a lawyer review one's paperwork. It could help prevent a major loss in the future.