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Question DetailsAsked on 12/12/2011

I paid a contractor in full for a job never completed and he is asking for more money for that job which wasn't even done properly.

You don't list a sub category. I had an out building roof collapse due to heavy snow load which had to be demolished and new building erected..

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I don't see a direct question here but am assuming you are looking for guidance on ow to deal with this person.

First and foremost is document everything. That way if he tries to file a lien you have documentation supporting your arguments. I hope you had a written contract. Unless he has a valid reason for the project going over budget he should probably be dismissed based on what I am reading. How do you know he didn't do the job thus far properly? Have you had other contractors or a local inspector look at it? Depending on your location and the size of the building he was likely required to get permit and insection of the work. Locally, a permit and inspection are required for anything over 100 s.f.

You'd be hard pressed to get any money back for the shoddy work but you should let him go and get another contractor in with a good reputation. Check for local contractors here on Angie's List as well as the BBB.

Answered 8 years ago by Todd's Home Services


This kind of thing really steams me as a contractor. It makes it really hard for the rest of uswho work diligently to exceed our customers expectations and educate ourclients on what is and isn’t included as well as what may come up. I can't tell you how many times I have made less or no money on a job because Ididn’t want my customer to have additional expenses that I had not forecast forthem. I consider it my responsibility toinclude some of the unforeseen cost in my estimate so that I don’t have to goback to the customer with every little thing. Then when I do, I am less competitive when bidding against guys who planon adding to the cost as they go along. As for the situation you are in, I agree with the earlier post that your best courseof action is to engage a new contractor who you can trust to do the job at theprice quoted. Getting money back from a contractor who is to crooked or stupid to do theestimate and the work right the first time is probably a lost cause. Was he the only or lowest bid? I tell all my customers that the last paymentis to be reserved until they are 100% satisfied. I never accept paymentin full until that point, despite frequent offers from my clients.

Answered 8 years ago by Cost Rite

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