Macomb, MI asked in Consumer Law for Michigan

Q: Are we obligated to pay an invoice that is twice an estimate for work done?

Got some landscaping done, before work started requested and got a written estimate. Based on that we agreed to proceed. Work was done. Then we got an invoice for $3400. Twice the estimate. At no time during the work being done, which was over a few weeks, did we get any communication that the work was going to be over the estimate. Told the contractor the invoice was unacceptable and tried to work out an agreement with him, but he indicated we will see you in court. How can a contractor provide one price, have no indication the invoice will be over and just invoice and expect payment.

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Adam Alexander
Adam Alexander
  • Consumer Law Lawyer
  • Southfield, MI
  • Licensed in Michigan

A: Assuming there was no language in the contract regarding the estimate (e.g. "this is just an estimate, you agree to pay for all work performed"), you seem to be correct. I would have to review all documents to provide you with a definitive opinion.

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