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Contractor subpar work

Discussion in 'Consumer Law, Contracts, Warranties' started by anthony morrison, Oct 7, 2020.

  1. anthony morrison

    anthony morrison Law Topic Starter New Member

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    I hired a contractor to re-glaze all the windows on my house, when he initially arrived he shot me a bid of $1000 for all the windows, I agreed and signed the document with my intials. He did not give me a copy of the contract until later. He gets 3/4 of the way through the job and says there's more windows than he thought and said he only agreed to re-glaze 9 of them.

    Long story short the cops were called, he was asked to leave my property with his equipment, and something was put on file with the police department. This is when i get the contract, a modified version, he specifically added 9 to the contract after the fact. Although I can't prove it.

    My expectations for his work were not met at all, I'm currently waiting on a city inspector to look at his work. That's the whole reason I went down this rabbit hole of even hiring someone. Do I even have a case ?

    I had the expectation of a smooth transition from the glazing to the window, it looks terrible in my opinion and I don't think 1000 dollars is a justified price for the quality of work.
     

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  2. adjusterjack

    adjusterjack Super Moderator

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    Well, that'll teach you never to sign anything without getting a copy. You've got a cell phone with a camera in it. Take a picture.

    Did you pay him anything yet?
     
  3. anthony morrison

    anthony morrison Law Topic Starter New Member

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    No I have not paid him anything yet, but I discovered something upon further examination

    The document I signed was an invoice not a contract, I never signed a contract.
     
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    adjusterjack Super Moderator

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    Good. That work is so bad you shouldn't pay him anything.

    The invoice is a contract. Doesn't matter what you call it, you signed a paper saying that the contractor would do work for dollars. That's a contract at its simplest.
     
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    Why?

    You contracted for him to re-glaze some windows. You claim it was all the windows, but the contract says 9. You claim he wrote in "9" after the fact but admit that you can't prove that. If you want to sue successfully for breach of contract, you'll need to prove that contract terms were what you claim they were. Your failure to obtain a copy of the contract at the time you "signed" it will seemingly prevent you from doing that.

    On top of all that, you haven't paid the guy anything. Hire someone else.
     

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