Low Bid Problem

Jim Woodring asked 5 years ago

I’m a homeowner who hired a painter based on a bid of $650 (10 hrs at $65; a remodeling agency). 16 hours later the bill is $1040, the job is about 3/4 done, and my wife and I ended up doing a substantial amount of work (including four doors) ourselves; this company charges by the hour and allows homeowners to reduce the cost by working themselves.

My questions are: at what point does the bill’s exceeding the bid become intolerable; and how do you think the remodellers ought to address this? I am willing to finish the work myself, but not to pay 80% over the bid for a job less than 3/4 done.

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