I recently had some water damage at my home which my insurance
company fully covered less a deductible. The contractor and insurance adjuster agreed on $5,000, in round figures. I substituted cheaper materials and did not have all of the repairs in the agreed upon quote completed in order to save money/cover the deductible. The insurance adjuster said this was OK. The insurance company paid me and I am supposed to pay the contractor.
After the work was done, the contractor sent me a one line bill (no detail) for the exact amount of the agreed upon work $5,000. In round figures, I did not have about $1,500 of the repair work paid for by the insurance company done. I requested the quote from the insurance company and was able to see the agreed upon amounts. I know what work was completed and what wasn't and have pictures of everything. I thought this was just a bookkeeping error on their part and sent them a check referencing the invoice number and wrote "paid in full" on the check. I also included with the payment: a copy of the quote agreed upon marked up with work not done and materials not used taken off the total and a letter expressing my disappointment with the over billing. The check was for $3,500 in round figures. About $1,000 of this was for a new kitchen counter - nothing was done to the counter in the kitchen. I just received a phone message from the contractor where he said he had done more work and had "traded" items for the $1,500. I don't feel like I need to pay more than was agreed upon and I don't think the contractor can just do work and charge me for it without my consent. However, I am not an attorney. I am not happy with the quality of the work either but that is another issue.
A couple of things:
1) I don't believe him - can't think of a better way to say that. I believe if I asked for a detailed bill from him it would magically be $5,000.
2) I never signed anything - we don't have a signed contract
- it was all worked out by the insurance adjuster and the contractor
3) I am not trying to rip anybody off and plan to call him but would like to know my rights first
4) I live in WA state
So, finally the question: I am liable for the work not done or, if there was more work done (again, I dont' think there was) that wasn't agreed upon, am I liable for that?