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Hello my name is ***** ***** I will help you with this.
For now please let me know whether you had agreed ever to do the additional work or even if they checked with you?
I had agreed, but he didn't stipulate cost or size of area
So it was based in his representations of about £800. Doe she dispute that?
he is not disputing he said 200 square feet at £800, he said he would do the extra but didn't mention any other cost at that particular time
Ok - did you agree to the extra sq footage?
I agreed that he was doing the extra, but there was no mention of the size of square footage to be covered.
Did you ask for a cost?
no, I didn't ask for a cost.
OK - in that case you may be liable.
You asked for the work to be done and they are entitled to a reasonable fee for reasonable work done
If they had done the work and you had not asked, that would be a different matter all together
But you did ask for the work to be done.
Clearly it would have been sensible to ask for a quote for the extra work, but you are stuck with the fact you did not
Sadly my view is that as the work was carried out under your instruction they are entitled to a reasonable fee
If you are contesting whether the £4 per sq ft is reasonable that is a different matter
But sadly because you asked them to do it, I think you are liable.
I am sorry if this is not the answer you want and certainly not the one I want to give you, but I have a duty to be honest
Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?
I didn't ask for it to be done, he said he would do it as it needed doing, I agreed with him as he was supposedly the expert
Yes so you agreed before the work was carried out?
yes I did, I can obviously see where you're coming from, I'm just disappointed that a price is given and I now end up with a bill that I'm struggling to pay, and would not have had it done if he would have explained the overall cost beforehand..
Yes I agree with you.
If they were instructed to do the work the law says they are entitled to a reasonable fee for reasonable work done
What you should do is write a cheque and pay for what you agree with
You could argue that because the original cost was so different from the end price, that they should have informed you
That is the only angle you have in relation to this case.
Can I clarify anything else for you?
I think you have covered it Alex, Thank you so much for your help, I will go down the route of offering them a price for the work carried out and take it form there, I really don't know what else I can do.