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Question DetailsAsked on 4/19/2017

what if you only have verbal agreement with contractor? Can he demand any price he wants for services?

Contractor did remodeling under contract. Additional small repairs were added later without a contract or any written agreement as to cost. Can the contractor charge any amount he feels like and demand that payment?

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Oh no, another case of unwritten change orders. And you evidently had a written contract originally - you should always, BEFORE additional/changed work starts, do a written and dated/signed (by both parties) change order documenting the change in scope, new schedule (if changed), and cost.

Basically, he can ask for anything he wants - and you can argue that it is exhorbitant. if you cannot come to an agreement on price (and of course, because the work is presumably done, he has the upper hand because he can hold a lien over your head in some states), then its off to court and keeping the sharks - err, I mean lawyers - fed. He will present what he thinks he should get paid (and of course the more documentation he has, the stronger his case) and you will have the opportunity to present your estimate of what a fair price should be (backed up with other contractor estimates or professional residential estimator estimate or such) and the judge will determine what a fair and equitable payment would be for the work he did.

Google about your state laws on change orders - a very few prohibit him from getting ANYTHING additional on home improement/remodel/new construction contracts unless it is in writing in advance.

Also, be sure any agreement or settlement includes you receiving lien releases for him, major suppliers, and any subs as you turn the final payment over to him.

More on liens here -

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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