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Question DetailsAsked on 3/18/2020

Can a contractor revise estimate up and make me pay when it's obvious he's covering for previous estimate mistakes?

We asked a contractor to repair water damages in our laundry and hallway area. They first gave a $10k estimate for entire house repair and carpet replace. We said we just wanted the affected area restored and keep it under $4k. He then sent a $4k revised estimate for restoration. Then they did the job. But after the job was done, we noticed two things in estimate was too high ('general cleaning' hours since we watched them clean and budget for mask and cover for entire house that was not used, these costs stayed the same for the entire house). We asked since these tasks were not performed, they should be removed. He then sent an invoice removing these but AT SAME TIME ADDED an arbitrary 'floor covering repair' expense that was never shown or agreed to in any prior estimates to try to cover for his 'mistakes'. The difference from my offer to pay versus his final invoice is about $500. I have not paid anything since I think it's not right. All estimates in writing but no formal contract.

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