Plainview contractor, homeowner reach agreement over canceled remodel
I hired Homecraft Remodeling of Plainview, New York, to remodel a bathroom. They quoted the remodel at $31,000 and we paid a $4,500 deposit.
Within three days of signing the contract, I selected granite at the supplier they recommended. The granite supplier warned us that it was an expensive type of granite, and I immediately told Homecraft owner Norman Gavin. He assured me that his allowance covered the granite cost.
When I was ready to proceed with the project, he said the job would cost $7,000 more than estimated because the granite cost more than expected. He said he understood why I was upset and offered to do whatever I wished. I asked him to return my deposit, and he agreed.
Several days later, he emailed to say he decided to keep half of the deposit and wanted me to sign a stipulation I hadn’t agreed to.
When I agreed to accept this unfair offer, he added more demands, giving me the impression he never intended to return my deposit.
I will accept half the refund, if his stipulation becomes effective the date I sign it.
Sheila Israel, Smithtown, New York
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