Chicago, IL asked in Construction Law for Illinois

Q: Company is asking for $500 in extra work done to complete job. I Did not sign anything.

I signed off on original work order, then they had to reinforce gables and I verbally said go ahead, but no cost was mentioned and nothing signed off on. 3 months later am given a bill for this work $500 (they said they gave me a break from $800), and ask for immediate payment. The original work order states that changes need to be presented in writing. Should I pay or not

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Stephen Sotelo
Stephen Sotelo
  • Naperville, IL
  • Licensed in Illinois

A: It depends. I am assuming that reinforcement of the gables was not contemplated in the original contract. If it had been, then you should not pay anything extra. With that in mind, the answer to your question depends on *why* the gables were reinforced. If it was because of their negligence while they were doing other work, for example, then you should not pay for that additional work. On the other hand, if they simply suggested it, and you said 'go ahead,' then you likely have a contract for which they are due the fair market value of their services.

***You should contact an attorney who can help you to determine and protect your rights.

***Stephen Sotelo, The Fish Law Firm, P.C., 55 S. Main St., Suite 341, Naperville, IL 60540 (630)355-7590

*** This answer is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice or establish an attorney-client relationship.

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