Should I pay contractor more than the contract cost?

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Posted by: from Lindsay
10/2/2015 at 2:29:23 PM

When signing my contract I asked the contractor if there will be any extra costs involved. He told me after a lot of thought he couldn't think of anything. Now as we near the end of the project he's asking for more money. Should I pay him even if i don't agree?

Yours truly,


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Date/Time10/2/2015 at 4:08:37 PM

If no verbal or a change order was not signed from you then you should not have to pay the extra costs. The extra work should have been agreed first.

Good luck.

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Date/Time10/2/2015 at 4:11:50 PM

You should not have to pay anything extra unless an agreement was made between the two parties and another contract was written up and signed for the extra work to take place. If your contractor is suddenly saying you owe more money, that is not right and you should not have to pay!

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Date/Time10/2/2015 at 6:32:32 PM

Whats the project and what are the extra costs related to? If he did the work which is costing extra without consulting you first, then you don't owe him anything.

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Date/Time10/3/2015 at 1:49:46 AM

Hi Frank,

As one other contractor already mentioned change order should have been done and signed also updated contract would be needed .No paperwork or verbal agreement between you and the contractor no extra cost .

Thank you

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Date/Time10/3/2015 at 12:09:09 PM


You should be paying him only what is on the contract that should contain a detailed scope of work. If any work was and/or was not completed when compared to the scope, should be stated on a separate change order.

Basically, paperwork must be in place detailing a scope of work and cost.

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Date/Time10/3/2015 at 12:27:11 PM

No two jobs are the same and no job goes exactly to plan. If it's a renovation there are things that show them selves when you open up walls and in new builds, plans can change. One thing that is common between the two is a contract with a scope of work stating what the quote will cover. If there is a deviation to the scope of work a change order should be submitted with a scope of work and a cost associated with it. If you accept the change you sign and pay for it. This keeps you in control of your budget not the contractor. You should know at any point what you costs are without an unknown surprise at the end.

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Peter from Ace Renovations in Brampton
Date/Time10/5/2015 at 10:01:59 AM

If there were hidden defects in the building that couldn't be anticipated by the contractor, that cost the contractor more time and money to fix, then yes you should pay for any extra costs. After all, you are getting the benefit of the extra repairs. It's only fair. That should have been stipulated in the contract. If the con then that his responsibility, not yours..tractor miscalculated the amount of materials or his labour costs then that is his responsibility. He should have planned better.

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