The issue with estimates is that they are not binding
unless they say so. Therefore, the company may charge more in the end.
This of course creates room for abuse.
In such a matter, what someone in your situation may wish to do is to state that the estimate was in bad faith, and that the bill should be lower. The company may disagree. Then, the owner can file a declaratory judgment
), asking the Court to REDUCE the bill because (a) it is too much and not conscionable and (b) due to the original bad faith of the estimate. Then it would be up to the Court to decide. However, this may not be practical since it may cost a couple of hundred dollars just to file.
Alternatively, one can do nothing and not pay, but the company may lien the property if they are a contractor and/or sue. IF SO, then the owner can use the above defense to again, ask the Court to lower the amount.
As such, it is a stand off, and one way or another it may end up in court if not resolved. Perhaps threatening litigation and against their state license may get them to back off, fearing repercussion.
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