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Question DetailsAsked on 4/2/2020

As a homeowner do we have to pay for a bid on our deck, after the fact, if we did not award the contractor the bid?

We had a contractor do work on our front porch. He quoted 1k verbally. The work came in double what was quoted, but but we are happy to pay even though the flashing was done incorrectly and screws on the composite decking do not line up. We talked about our back deck and asked for a quote materials in labor. We drew the design. He gave us numbers such as materials would be $17000. And labor being 1-2 times material costs. We said we could not afford that and changed the design cutting out a lot of deck and asked for a quote on that. After 3-4 weeks of his verbal changing numbers for materials he finally gave us an un-itemized quote in email. This is for a deck 5 feet off the ground and said he was not including railing. we had to get a quote for railing and discovered a much better quote from another contractor itemized detailed including all railing and $18000 cheaper. So we let our contractor know. He got upset. Now he wants to charge us a ”lumber change out” for his bid?

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