i dont disagree. im just pointing out the fact that lack of a a contract
created a confusing situation in which it wasnt clear if the trees were to
be removed. non payment could have gotten my friend in trouble since it
was a case of word against word as to exactly what was to be done for how
much money. the tree person could have taken him to court and if the judge
believed him, my friend would have been out more than just the cost of the
in short, with a contract it would be clear that the job wasnt completed and
witholding the money would have been fully justified. without one, its a
case of who do you trust for a judge if it goes that far.
Well there was a lot of good points raised. Here is how it went down for
me. He calls me at work in the morning and wants to know if I want to have
the trees done. Due to the many days of rain we have had he has not had a
lot to do and had a crew waiting around. I tell him I want to have copies
of license and insurance including any day laborers coverage. The guy seems
confused, the exact replay was copies of what? He gives the phone to
someone referred to as the boss. No problem says the boss. He hesitates at
having to wait till I get home that evening, but agrees. When I get home
the job is done. He charged exactly what he said, and did everything
exactly as we talked about. I was left feeling a little pushed though and
have to doubt that he does have a license or insurance or anything at all.
I came through okay, but these trees were next to power lines and things
could have gone bad. I think I was lucky. Even though it went as planned
the whole thing left me with an uncomfortable feeling. Like dealing with a
I think you dodged a bullet, my friend. You got the work done correctly.
You paid what you agreed in advance. He didn't mess anything up. Yes, you
Now, if it had been a car salesman, you would have been sitting on a rubber
donut for a few days .........................
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