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Question for General Contractors

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Question for General Contractors

Hi All,

I am a general contractor specializing in small renovations.
Nothing big...Bathroom, kitchen etc.
What do you do if you come across a client who is asking you to do extra work and after the fact refusing to pay?
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Deal Guru
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Mar 23, 2008
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EdwardW27320 wrote: Hi All,

I am a general contractor specializing in small renovations.
Nothing big...Bathroom, kitchen etc.
What do you do if you come across a client who is asking you to do extra work and after the fact refusing to pay?
You don’t give a location. For example, in Ontario you (as the contractor) were supposed to give them a quote and contract, and aren’t allowed to go over that amount without getting written consent. Seems like a good plan in general, or else it becomes a he said/she said situation in small claims court, which is where you’re like lily heading.

You could also investigate putting a lien on their house. Again, that’s location specific.

C
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1. Can you prove it or did you do it for cash so there is no paper trail or written agreement.
2. If you can prove it you sue in small claims court if the amount is within the limit. If/when you win then you try to collect which is usually the biggest challenge of all.
3. Lien is possible, as mentioned, but that depends on province/situation.

Good luck!

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