Chicago, IL asked in Construction Law for Illinois

Q: My contractor is billing me for more than the estimate - what can I do?

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Mazyar M. Hedayat
Mazyar M. Hedayat
  • Construction Law Lawyer
  • Romeoville, IL
  • Licensed in Illinois

A: Your contractor may not bill you for more than his Estimate without seeking your permission in writing. Such written permission is known as a Change Order and must include an estimate of costs, a description of the work to be done, an estimate of the additional labor, material, resources, and time to be added to the project, etc. In short, a construction project should not contain surprises. If it does, the contractor may be taking advantage of you. I recommend you share your concerns and supporting documents with a competent Construction Lawyer in your area. Feel free to contact our office if we can be of assistance. Best of luck.

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