Broadview Heights, OH asked in Construction Law for Ohio

Q: Hello, home owner entered into a project with a concrete contractor. At the time of estimate provided him with a …

Drawing of the required work. He provided me with a estimate upon receiving the estimate it did not match the drawing/ scope of the work needed exactly, a conversation was had and an updated price was arrived upon based on the estimate to match the drawing. Nothing was confirmed via contact or on paper only verbally. Project has now started I have paid 50% of the cost and things I previously believed were covered I am being told are not and will cost more. If the drawing I provided and subsequently the plans approved by the city include these additional costs should they have been included in the original price? Or am I in trouble because we don’t have a contract.

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Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
  • Construction Law Lawyer
  • Cincinnati, OH
  • Licensed in Ohio

A: There should always be a written, signed contract for construction work which specifically defines the scope of work, with signed change orders for any deviations from the contract's scope of work. The contractor might be in trouble if it failed to provide all the required consumer protection notices, which requires a written contract. You might even be able to get your money back. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local construction law attorney who can review all the facts and advise you of your options.

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