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Question DetailsAsked on 7/1/2012

I did not get a professional estimate from my masonry contractor-no letterhead-just a run of the mill proposal sheet. In addition he keeps

increasing the amount. It is an old house and I expected some additional fees but the price has gone from 3,000 to 9,000 with more to come. also, he does the work prior to getting my approval then submits the bill. I got two verbal references(good) but he doesn't have a sign on his truck(which I think would give credibility) and I am beginning to see red flags

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Sadly, this is an all too common occurrence. All work you have done on your home should be done by contract with lien waivers provided upon your payment to the contractor. Within this contract, payment schedule should be addressed as well as how to address additional charges. NO ADDITIONAL WORK SHOULD EVER BE PERFORMED WITHOUT YOUR PRIOR APPROVAL! I have performed work on homes that were full of surprises but I have never incurred additional costs to the homeowner without their prior approval.

As a contractor AND consumer, there has to be some responsibility put on the consumer to make wise decisions when hiring a contractor. If consumers (homeowners) would require a contractor to perform all work under a contract, these dishonest contractors would not be able to prey upon you. I would immediately get a lien waiver for the amount of money you have already paid. You can find templates online easily. I would also consult an attorney about your options for completing the work. Good Luck!

P.S. Having a sign on the side of the truck is not always a sign of credibility.

Answered 8 years ago by ksbranson


Agree with previous , no add on's without prior approval. AS you continue to allow contractor to expand scope of the job and are paying him I assume, you are allowing him to do it. If you feel charges for work done are ok, meet with him and say "no mas". If you are elderly there is state agencies to protect you from explotation. Again if you feel you are being ripted off, get on your horse. Call TV station, contact State Attorney General-Consumer Fraud, & contact state department of aging.

Many otherwise ok contractors dont have a prewritten agreement, they are truck based, with mostly very little warranties. You are trading reputation for price, Good Luck

Jim Casper

Gutter Cover & Gutter Contractor

ps I have some advise on how you pay contractors on my website, under blogs.


Answered 8 years ago by jccasper

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