An agreement must contain four essential elements to be regarded as a contract. If any one of them is missing, the agreement will not be legally binding.
3. Intention (meeting of the minds)
4. Consideration (fair value exchanged)
Once an estimate is accepted by the customer and work is performed, then that is considered the offer, acceptance and the contract is formed.
The consumer protection statute protects against misrepresentations (please see subsec 11: 11) Advertises goods or services with intent not to sell them as advertised;) that statute is here:
Just as the consumer cannot aribtrarily reduce a contractual price, the seller cannot arbitrarily raise it. To do so is considered breach, and an unlawful business practice.
If they sue for the difference, the estimate can be shown as evidence that they are not entitled to additional sums. Small claims is appropriate for cases under $3000 of amount in dispute - please see:
You can also attempt voluntary mediation with the Better Business Bureau as that often results in a satisfactory outcome.
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