GeneralSmall claims - Job paid for but not completed
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Hello, maybe long shot but looking to see if anyone has some advice. Mother-in-law had some storm damage happen. Started a claim with insurance and got some money to redo roof and some siding. She found a guy off Facebook (eye roll) to do the job. It was actually going pretty good in the beginning. Got majority of the roof done but stopped and said he needs an additional $600 payment to finish the job.

Note that she was buying all the supplies so this $600 was just for labor.

I think she said they refused to pay an additional $600 at first since that wasn't agreed upon in the beginning, but eventually paid the $600. Now it's been around 3 weeks and the guy hasn't shown up to finish the job. They have called multiple times and haven't been able to reach him.

Now the bad part IMO is they have nothing written about the job. Like no contract. All their is to show is the Facebook messages back and forth and maybe the transactions.

Is this something that could be won in small claims? I told her we should try to get everything straightened out and then call him one last time mentioning small claims if he doesn't come back to finish the job.
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Expose the company on social media, you could probably do some legal things but end result would probably be that you'll pay more for court than you'll get back.
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That person is long gone, he did a half ass job for some quick money. You could take him to small claims but would cost you more money for lawyers and fees than the actual project is worth. Sorry that happened but be sure to use licensed and bonded personal if you do another project in case they break or don't finish the job.
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That's very unfortunate that happened to you all, we had a similar thing happen to us years ago but were fortunate enough to have completed all of our transactions over a virtual payment processer. If that's the case with your mother in law, then she can initiate a dispute with her payment provider (bank, credit card, etc). I personally would even go after the full amount, given the job wasn't completed, not just the $600.00 she paid to "have the job finished".
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I think in this instance exposing the people would certainly have the best benefit of all.
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That is shocking, I'd suggest seeking advice from a legal council; the short answer is probably that you will end up paying more for those services. You could always expose that person on Facebook to the community so that awareness is acknowledged. It might even force the person to come back and finish the work.
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You need some sort of proof that something was agreed upon with specific amounts. I.E. this fixed for $x.

I'm a carpenter and whenever I do direct work for a client depending on the complete amount I may require a deposit. Usually it's 50% of materials up front, then half way through it's the other half of materials and 75% of labor and the last 25% of labor is collected at the end of the job.

This has gotten me into some trouble, some people do a straight 50% of everything up front, 25% half way through and the last collected at the end. I pretty much swap the 25 and 50 so people get upset in the middle but in the end it's the same amount lol.

For future reference ALWAYS have something in writing, and always write down and change orders. There are premade documents you can find on Google that will go through and say X person is doing X work for $X, we paid them $X on X day so on and so forth and each party signs every time money changes hands.
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