Categories

No contract signed, can he put a lien on our house?

Question Icon
Posted by: from Lethbridge
10/12/2016 at 12:49:49 AM

Hi all,

We hired a contractor to do our bathroom last year. We had a couple quotes and we chose this guy because we were able to look at another bathroom he had completed and the work looked alright. Anyway, I asked for a contract, and he said sure if you need one, but then didn't get around to it (I know, my fault). So he told me it would be $3,000 the bathroom and we bought most of the supplies. I had a $400 tub and he told me to return it and he could get a better quality one for around the same price. So he finished the work and gave me the invoice 4 months later - almost $8,000. I contacted him immediately, asking for a more detailed invoice and stating my concern. No response. We haven't paid him anything. I still think we owe him money, but not $8,000. How can we settle this? Can he put a lien on our house until we pay? Thanks for your help.

REPLIES (1)
User Icon
Andrew from AJH in St Albert
Date/Time10/17/2016 at 6:15:37 PM

Take an accounting of everything that was done and any additional materials you think he bought. Compare that with what you thought the initial price was and make him an offer. Keep everything in email or otherwise written. If he accepts your offer then great, write a cheque and both of you sign an invoice/receipt as PAID IN FULL JOB COMPLETE. If he doesn't accept at least you can demonstrate good faith.

He can lien your house but that costs a lot compared to the size of this project. He doesn't have a signed contract or change orders to justify the additional costs and it's been awhile since the project was complete. i don't think you have much to worry about on that front.

Search the TrustedPros directory and discover the best contractors in your area.

Find your home service pro
Great renovations start with a great contractor.

Since 2004, TrustedPros has been helping homeowners find the right contractor for their home improvements and repairs.

Post Your Project

Within hours you'll be comparing offers from top-rated professionals. It's free to post and you're under no obligation to hire.

 
Trustedpros Inc. does not warrant the accuracy, completeness, safety, legality or usefulness of any Content, or Whether Content is Current and up-to-date, and TrustedPros Inc. Shall have no liability whatsoever with respect to your use or reliance upon any content or for content being removed or otherwise ceasing to be available. Please refer to the terms and conditions of use of this websites for more details.
Categories

It appears you may be located in the US

TrustedPros is designed to deliver results targeted to your location.

Get Free Estimates

Post your project and compare offers from top-rated pros.


x