Re: appealing to contractor
I quite agree! I am the first one to advocate for a peaceful resolution before resorting to more extreme measures. Overall, from your description, it doesn't seem like they were being unethical in their business practices, it sounds more like something that got out of hand due to lack of a job site inspection prior to submitting the estimate, then once they were committed to the project, a lack of communication on their part. I also get the sense from the tone of your post that you wish to pay for services rendered, you just aren't willing to be taken advantage of. Since you have not paid them yet, you are the one in the position of power.
Originally Posted by havanagranite
Most states that have contractor licensing/governing bodies DO NOT look kindly upon unlicensed contractors doing business in their jurisdictions. What this means is that they will be in far more trouble if you report them than if they work to a peaceful resolution. You need to educate yourself on what your state and local laws are that govern the hiring of an outside party to work on your property. If your laws require a license to work in your jurisdiction, then the contractor has no legal claim against you for any services rendered. When you know your rights, you tip the scales in your favor towards a peaceful resolution. The contractor may be pissed, but better a little irritated and short of cash than having their license suspended or worse.
I suffer from CDO ... Its like OCD, but in alphabetical order, LIKE IT SHOULD BE!!!