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Question DetailsAsked on 10/16/2017

Can I renegotiate a contract on a roof repair, which took less time & materials?

The salesman described a major project; the carpenter said it was an easy fix, using less wood, etc. I've paid 1/3 down. Can I re-negotiate the amount? The gutter still needs to be put up, so all the work isn't yet complete.

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You can always try - through with the job almost done is a poor time to try this. Your best bet on pushing for renegotiation is to emphasize that the salesman misrepresented the amount of work needed so the contractor is getting unjust enrichment - making more than is fair on the job - though you would have to go to court to pursue that if he will not drop his cost voluntarily.

You could also argue change of conditions - that the expected deterioration was not there so the scope of work was much less than contracted so a change order to reduce the cost is in order.

And of course, if a time and materials job then you should be paying only for wht is needed to do the repair, but if fixed cost job then basically you agreed to a certain cost for a certain sc ope of work - if it takes less the contractor counts that job as a win, if it takes an unexpected amount (barring unforseen conditions) then he loses on that one.

Of course, in discussing this with him, you could casually mention that you posted on Angies List for input on this situation (and he may ask to see this thread) but that would put him on notice that he might be looking at a pretty poor review from you if he does not change his price to a fair price for what the work actually took to do.

Here is a link to a previous similar question (though before start of work) on renegotiating a price which might help too -

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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