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What is the name of your state?Georgia

I have 2 properties, both of which were damaged in a recent tornado. A friend contacted a contractor to do the estimates for the insurance companies. I signed both estimates as required by the insurance companies and received the check to repair my homes. There was no agreement with the contractor concerning the cost of the estimates as he assumed he would get the jobs and that cost would be rolled into the overall price. We agreed (verbally) on the price to fix the homes. At the time I thought he was 'ripping me off' but being ignorant I went along with it. He repaired one home and did a good job but when I investigated I realized that his charges were ridiculously high. In light of that I told him I would not need his services for the second property but was willing to pay for the estimate. He was upset and said that would would charge $450. I really think that is ridiculously high and requested that he reduce the cost. He threatened to sue as he said I signed a contract. I only signed the estimate for the insurance company at which time the agent asured me I could use someone else to do the repairs. Am I within the law if I refuse to pay the $450 but pay $150 which is a reasonable charge for the estimate provided?


Forget about the signed estimate for a second. If you told him you'd pay $450 for the work on the second house, that's a binding oral contract all by itself. If you refuse to hold up your end of the deal, you are in breach.

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