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Question DetailsAsked on 7/11/2017

Gave $1200 and i screwed???

I gave $1200 deposit for my 2 bathrooms to be redone and now i have a half a bathroom. Contractor keeps saying he will be here tomorrow but never showed up. Keeps asking for more money. In total I've given him $1900 and now i don't think he will finish the job. I have signed paper from him what should I do? I need my bathroom finished but don't want to give him more money. He will show up work for 2hrs ask for money for something else and i give it then won't see him for days then same thing happens.

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Some more information would be helpful. In which state do you live? Is the contractor licensed? Do you have a written contract?

If you have a written contract with a licensed contract, you should have some leverage. I hope you specified what work was to be done, when it was to be done, and what the price was. If the contractor is not living up to that contract, you can contact the State Licensing Board.

Answered 3 years ago by RevDi


Here is a somewhat similar pair of questions with answers which might help - the first is quite similar to your situation.

You don't say if you have a contract with payment and completion schedule, but generally you should not be paying him money until specific work milestones are satisfactorily completed (and even those typically only provide for about 90% payment until the end of the job). You don't say how much the total job cost is supposed to be (or if even established in writing), but sounds like right now the cash drawer is open and he is helping himself, and who knows if you will ever get completion.

You need a formal contract with payment and progress/completion schedules (how much he gets at each completion stage, and when those have to occur by) - and I wonder if he is Bonded, Licensed, Insured ? You say you have "signed paper from him" - I am afraid to ask exactly what this paper is - probably an estimate with boilerplate contract phrasing on the back (which you may not even have noticed) which is acting as your contract ? Check out what you signed versus what you thought you had - that would give guidance on what you need to do to get to a proper contract, or if you have signed yourself into a hole and need a lawyer to protect your interests.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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