Forum Title: Hidden costs after contract signing
We hired a roofer after getting two estimates. The first estimate was a little lower, but the representative from the second company pointed out that the first company was likely going to charge us extra as they went along, per the wording of their contract, for more material possibly needed. He assured us that would not happen with his company, that the price he quoted us was the price we would pay--half up front, and half at the end of the job when we were satisfied. We signed essentially a blank piece of paper, as did he, with the total dollar amount agreed upon on it, as well as the dollar amount we were giving him up front in credit card and check, and the other half still owed. We realized after he left he did not leave us any paperwork in the folder that he gave us. He then told us we would be getting on the schedule in a couple of weeks. After several weeks not hearing anything from them, with increasing nervous stomachs and sleepless nights thinking we'd been scammed, they finally put us on the schedule. And finally emailed us a generic contract when we asked for it. After they began work, the representative called to say it would be an additional $1,750 because replacing slate with asphalt shingles, they would need plywood to cover the entire roof. While we understand the need for the plywood, the fact of the matter is, he told us on day 1 we would not have to pay anything extra. That's the reason we went with them and not the first estimate! The job is now finished and we are wondering if we are truly on the hook for that $1750. We never signed anything to that effect, and in fact only told them to go ahead with the project because we thought if we cancelled we would probably never recoup our initial payment.
Category: Roofing Post By: CHRISTINE CAMPBELL (Missoula, MT), 01/24/2018

This is a hard call here. What exactly does the contract say?Also, did they actually inspect the roof before giving you an estimate?

- BRUCE BELL (Victoria, TX), 03/12/2018

He did not climb a ladder and inspect the roof, no. And as for the contract, we didn't sign any contract, just a blank piece of paper, after agreeing to his verbal terms. A couple weeks later they emailed us a generic contract which we did not sign in any way. A couple weeks after that they gave us yet another, different contract with the specifics of our situation on it, and yet still no mention of the extra $1750 on it or anything else along those lines at all. The original agreed-upon amount was $9320.

- Janet Jacobs (Chicago, IL), 04/10/2018

Quote:Originally Posted by Vicki67He did not climb a ladder and inspect the roof, no. And as for the contract, we didn't sign any contract, just a blank piece of paper, after agreeing to his verbal terms. A couple weeks later they emailed us a generic contract which we did not sign in any way. A couple weeks after that they gave us yet another, different contract with the specifics of our situation on it, and yet still no mention of the extra $1750 on it or anything else along those lines at all. The original agreed-upon amount was $9320.Depending on your area, I would contact someone who is familiar with the laws on something like this.Being that no one actually inspected the roof prior to giving you a quote, to me, voids the verbal contract at least in the sense of the additional charge.I really don't feel like they can get you on this for anything.

- DARREN MANN (Amarillo, TX), 05/28/2018

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