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Question DetailsAsked on 9/14/2013

What do you do when a contractor increases the price he gave you after the job is done?

I had contacted a contractor to repair my driveway and put gravel in. I thought his price was too high and decided to wait until next year to do the job. Yesterday he knocked on my door and gave me a price $400 below what he quoted me because he had stone left over from another job. I said go ahead. He did a great job, but when he came to collect his money he asked for $200 more because he had to get another load of gravel.

I wouldn't have had him do the job if I had known the amended price. Should I pay the extra $200?

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If the agreement was for a fixed amount of $ to do certain work and he mis-estimated the quantity needed, that is a cost he has to eat. It all depends on if the agreement was for a FIXED PRICE or based on an ESTIMATE. If it was an ESTIMATE, then if he can prove it took $200 more gravel to do the job than he had estimated on his estimate, then your position is pretty weak. If it was FIXED PRICE or FIRM BID, then his position is weak.

I am guessing there was no written contract here, right ? The $200 for a full single-bed dump truck load of gravel is probably in the reasonable range, BTW - assuming about 12-15CY of material.

Your call - but if I were going to be honest, the material he had left over (which I would bet the other customer had probably paid for on their job) would most likely not have been a full truckload (or about $200 worth max), so I am not sure why he cut your price $400- I am guessing this was basically a leader to try to get you to do the job this year.

I hesitate to ask how much you paid overall, because a gravel drive overlay, unless it involved a bunch of digging out of mudholes, would normally cost you about $15-18/CY installed - or for a normal 3 inch overlay on a 16' wide drive, about $2.25-2.75 per linear or running foot of drive, so you would get about 80 feet of drive from a truck load - so for a normal 75-80 foot drive it would have been only one truckload for about $180-220 total, so unless your drive is REALLY long I don't see how you got a $400 discount - it would be negative !

Reply back using the Submit Answer if you want to comment back or give more info on what the scope of work was and what his invoice says, to see if this was reasonable.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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