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Old 02-03-2012, 06:44 PM   #1
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I recently had a contractor install bamboo flooring in my home. He quoted $806.25. The day he showed up to install the flooring he saw the type of flooring it was and proceeded to do the work.

The contract had him installing 5 doors for $245.00 which have not been done. He now is asking for the full price of the contract. I explained that the price will not include the $245.00.

His response was because the wood floor was not what he expected, he is increasing the cost for the floor installation.

What can I do?

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Old 02-03-2012, 06:50 PM   #2
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Why didn't he install the doors?

Second just pay what you agreed to pay, but expect him to refuse to do anymore work

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Pay him what's owed for the floor install, and show him the door, the one on the way out.
He should have never installed the floor is there was a problum until you had a meeting of the minds.
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I guess you need to really read whats written in the contract and whats enforceable in your local jurisdiction.
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Doors didn't fit because the carpeting and bamboo flooring raised the door height above the rough opening.

- Im lifting the bamboo flooring and pulling back a small portion of the carpeting by the door rough opening to set the doorframe. Then I will trim the bamboo flooring around the door trim.

I believe this is what he should have done.
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Thanks joecaption and bbo. I've decided to just pay him and take this as another lesson learned about contractors. It is really so very difficult to find a good one. I wish they could be a billion guys or gals out there in the trade like "Holmes on homes".

Enjoy the superbowl weekend and thanks again!
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No that is incorrect. leave the flooring and cut the door and the framing.

makes me think that this person has never done floors before.
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I came to that conclusion when I saw how he was laying the floor down. I asked if he had done roofing before because that was how he was laying the floors down. he made a pyramid shape from the longest wall and started cutting strips from center or something like that. Oh well!
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flooring is stared with a pyramid and then you use the waste end from each row to start the next set of rows. this gives you a random appearance in the end cuts of the flooring.

hope this helps.
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The casing sits on top of the flooring, (with a small gap for expantion) not cut out around it. Doing that will leave gaps all the way around it.
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Legally he cannot increase the cost of the project without a change order. A change order is a new documents which adds/changes the original contract and is signed by you beforehand. He could always explain and request more, but you are not required to pay.

Even if you were required to pay, the only thing he could do is put a lien on your house and since he did not file a preliminary lien notice, he legally cannot do anything to get more $ from you.

It doesn't sound like you got ripped off though. Sounds like there may have been some complications and some communication issues but you still got a good deal.

Was nice of you to pay the guy but in the future just know, they cant just "Change" the price without your approval.

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