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Question DetailsAsked on 4/10/2012

is a roofing contract binding if you have not paid anything? and no work had been performed?

how is a roofing contract binding?

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The laws of your state may vary. In some states a contract is not valid unless money has exchanged hands. In other states a down payment may be prohibited or limited. Furthermore in most states, perhaps the entire Nation, you have a 3 day right of refusal, meaning you have 3 days to legally change your mind and back out of a contract.

So is it binding? You should probably ask your lawyer, not a bunch of contractors. However I would venture to say that it is most likely binding, unless they did not follow the guide lines of their local ordinances or are some how in violation of the contract.

Why do you want to cancel?

Having said that, I am a roofing contractor. Very few people have wanted to cancel on me, infact I have canceled on more customers for being overwhelming pains in the butt, than customers have cancelled on me. But when a customer does want to cancel, I almost always allow them to do so. The last thing I want to do is force them to do a job and then have to fight them to get paid at the end. However if I have already purcahsed materials, I expect those materials and all my costs up to date to be paid for with markup for overhead.

(P.S. Someone tell me why Angies List always takes my replies and remvoes the line breaks making it a big wall of text. Windows 7, IE9)


Answered 8 years ago by ReliableAmericanRoof


Re: Text walls
It does the same for me, too! It's just the way the Answers platform works, I guess. We're working on some upgrades, so hopefully in the future we won't have that issue.

Answered 8 years ago by Cas


One additional thought, realizing this is 4 years old, but for any reader in the future - generally, the federal 3 day rule only applies if the contract was signed at your residence. Though some states do have more liberal rules.

More info here -

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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