Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Los Angeles , CA
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It's hard in this situation to demand a binding contract for the work at this price , but you can try to ask for it . I would recommend telling him you've had problems with extras before and thats why you are asking for it , not because you don't trust him . Understand that there MIGHT be an unforeseen problem that comes to light once he starts the work . Be prepared for 10-15% above quote just to be safe. Existing work tie-in would be the most likely cause of this , so tell him you are on a very tight budget and you need to know about any additional issues before work to correct them starts . If hes good , and a respectable tradesman he'll check the existing work first , in a way that the initial walk-through wouldn't cover to verify its all up to standard . Then he'll be able to tell you what if any extras there will be . You can then decide if you want him to continue , or cancel his services without feeling obligated because he hasn't done the bulk of the project . Pay him for the hour or so it took him to find the problem and part company . I don't charge in this situation , I give a written explanation of the deficiency and recommend they only contact licensed electricians for second opinions .
You could have found a hidden gem with this guy , he could be great and very reasonable . I'll admit I'm really jaded these days with the quality of work and ethics of many people passing themselves off as tradesmen , but there are still plenty of great folks out there doing spectacular work.
It was like that when I got here