Rutland, VT asked in Business Law and Contracts for Vermont

Q: I built a porch for a customer with the materials she asked for. The porch is already weathering.

I told her I could sand and reseal but could possibly run into the same issue down the road. She asked me to stain it instead. I told her I could do that but would have to charge for staining it as that was not in our original agreement but I could give a discount for the issues arising. She does not think that is fair and that it should be done for free. Should she have to pay?

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Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
  • Little Neck, NY

A: A Vermont attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for four weeks. It could depend on what you may have told her about the sealing or waterproofing qualities of all coatings involved. It's going to be difficult for anyone to answer without knowing more about the discussions between the two of you and your agreement. And you probably don't want to get legal consultations involved in something like this. Coming to a compromise could be an option if the terms are fair for both of you. Good luck

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