I'm doing a home improvement job but I want to leave

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Posted by: from Sr. Thomas
9/1/2017 at 12:32:26 PM

So I started a home improvement job with this client, we had signed a contract. The client has many times failed to provide the materials on time (as he said he'd buy all materials) he has changed his mind on certain jobs which technically raise the price of the job but refuses to raise the overall pay. I haven't yet received all the money from the completed jobs. I'm now working on the doors and I feel I have put too many countless hours and work into this job and now its not worth the pay at all. I calculated it to be under $5/hour. I'm wanting to leave because this client is unreasonable and I feel is taking advantage of my work.

Please tell me my options.

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Date/Time9/1/2017 at 2:28:30 PM

If he is not meeting his end of the contract and the work has changed the contract is void and you should be charging appropriately. 5$/hr is less than min. wage.

I would take all my tools and any materials you have provided and leave the site. If he wants to pay what he owes, and make adjustments for the additional work write up a new contract. State in your contract that you are working per hour at whatever amount you decide. Make sure it states all materials are to be provided by others and qualify yourself for all work it does not include. Such as ex plumbing to be done by others.

Hope it works out for you.

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Date/Time9/1/2017 at 2:32:54 PM

Give him written notice of thrboutdtabding balance and inform him you will not be continuing the work do to the amount of changes and lack of material being provided on time.

I try to avoid the customer purchasing the materials put it in your quote.

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Date/Time9/1/2017 at 2:42:40 PM

Cut your losses and leave right now.

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Jeff from JTL Construction in Winnipeg
Date/Time9/1/2017 at 3:03:54 PM

Hey your running a business and it needs to be profitable so follow your gut instinct and get out. I have bin doing this for 20 years and I still occasionally run into the control clients. Dont feel guilty as this customer has no regard for you. Set out your progress payments and be strict with payments that work will not commence without these up to date. You will not get paid in the end by these types he is grooming you to see what he can get away with. Get out or your wage will be $0.00 an hour or an actual loss. Their are better customers out their and dont feel bad its just the way it gors it will make you a better contractor in the end. You can sit at home watching the Simpsons and loose money you dont have to work and loose money". My favorite Jim Carruk quote

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Date/Time9/2/2017 at 11:39:02 AM

It's really bad when customer try to take the advantage of good and polite contractors. Send him a letter / email state all your concerns with a reasonable number that you should compensate for. Give him a very limited of time to respond to your concern and tell him if you do not respond by that date the contract will be void and you have to stop working.

This situation it might happen with any of us however I am trying to control it as much as I can and in case it starts to be out of control, I would be very firm and straight forward to avoid any more damage it might happen

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Giovanni from Renovation Ceraco in Saint Leonard
Date/Time9/2/2017 at 4:33:01 PM


1) You have a written contract with the client, so tell him to respect it. or you will cease the operations. ( You are not responsible for the changes the clients makes that is not in your contract, therefor the client is responsible to pay all extra charges that you have occurred because of these changes.

2) If he doesn't agree, Tell him that you will be taking legal action, because he does not respect the written contract you have with him.

3) You can take a Hypotheque Lean on his home

4) Send him notice, that if you are not paid within 10 days, you will Stop the Job and take Legal Action.

Hope this could Help you,

Best Reguards.

Giovanni Di Lullo,


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Date/Time9/2/2017 at 9:46:49 PM

If you think you are making $5/hr... account for drive time, gas money, and wear and tear on your vehicle. I bet you're actually working for free. Quit now and in the future make contracts ridiculously detailed if necessary and stop work if the customer is 1 day late on payment. Also tell them you will be scheduling a new job if payment falls behind by 3 days

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Date/Time9/17/2017 at 12:43:59 PM


You have both signed a contract. It should state a payment schedule. Bill for work done to date and ask the customer to pay you. Tell they you can not do any more work until the work completed is paid for. Also tell them that if materials are not on site, work can not be preformed.

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