I doubt that I suggested you send him a check (go back and check my answer). I suggested you send him a letter saying how much you thought he should be paid. If the new contractor said the cost of repairs is more than the former amount which was less than the estimate. DON'T CASH THE CHECK. Get an estimate from the new contractor and send another letter to the first contractor telling him what the actual cost of repair will be. Tell him you will not cash the check. Tell him he is free to complain to the insurance company if he wants.
BIG RED FLAG.......he wants to be paid in cash!! However it turns out, pay him only by check. Once a figure is reached, make him sign a general release tthat says "In consideration of $X paid by XXXXX XXXXX to ABC Contactor, said contractor releases XXXXX XXXXX from any liability in connection with the (describe the job in detail)
You can get a release form online or at any stationery store that carries legal forms.
Keep me posted, and as usual get back to me with any further questions.
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