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Seasonal contract but wait......

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by grandview, Jan 11, 2014.

  1. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    I know this lady who needed her driveway done and it was to far for me so she hired a guy for a season price, driveway and front steps on porch .400.00. I see her and she tells me the guy called and told her he;ll have to start charging her an extra 20 bucks now every time he plows,He even told her it wasn't in the contract but was the only way he could keep plowing her for the rest of the season.
     
  2. areoseek

    areoseek Senior Member
    from Erie PA
    Messages: 105

    That's ridiculous. If she isn't roped in, drop the contract
     
  3. cet

    cet PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,202

    I wonder if he would show up with a couple hundred bucks on a year it hardly snows. :rolleyes:
     
  4. Mr.Markus

    Mr.Markus PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,169

    Does this guy sub for more money per hr on bigger storms...?:rolleyes:
     
  5. CleanCutL&S

    CleanCutL&S Senior Member
    Messages: 146

    LOL , I remember that post. They would be perfect for each other.
     
  6. CleanCutL&S

    CleanCutL&S Senior Member
    Messages: 146

    Also how far out of town is she? Or is it just a bad property?
     
  7. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    She is in town he also does the neighbor across the street.
     
  8. CityGuy

    CityGuy PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 16,995

    If they have a written contract then he can't do anything. That's what stands in court.
     
  9. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Bait and switch.
     
  10. CityGuy

    CityGuy PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 16,995

    I am not following?
     
  11. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH PlowSite.com Addict
    from pa
    Messages: 1,132

    That's what it's called when a contractor does what he described. They bait you in (seasonal cheap price) then switch it on you (increase the price after you agreed).

    $400 is cheap. I can understand why Grandview did it. :D
     
  12. JCByrd24

    JCByrd24 Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 232

    Yup sketchy move, bait and switch. If he wants out of the contract (I don't think he does, he's just fishing for more money) the nice way to go about it would be offer the full seasonal amount back to her (no set price per storm means he should get nothing for his work so far because it's his mistake). She'd probably have to take him to court though, but perhaps since he took money and is in violation of a contract for services provided a call to the cops would be in order (theft??).
     
  13. quigleysiding

    quigleysiding PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,098

    So was the 400 an average price for your area? Have you got above average snow this season ?
     
  14. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Normal year. He told her he plowed 19 times this season. 400 is closer to high end for a 2 car driveway.
     
  15. coldcoffee

    coldcoffee Senior Member
    Messages: 776

    Well obviously the worst she could do at this point is give the guy any additional money. I'd probably advise her to find a back up plan for the day he doesn't show. Until then, all she can really do is alert the city or township, and consider filing a complaint w/ the Attorney Generals Office. No po-po JCByrd, it's a civil matter.
     
  16. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

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  17. coldcoffee

    coldcoffee Senior Member
    Messages: 776

    I hope she at least had a contract or receipt.
     
  18. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    yes..........
     
  19. coldcoffee

    coldcoffee Senior Member
    Messages: 776

    Good enough then, have her contact the local city prosecutor so he is at least aware. If this ends up being one of those stories of many people scammed then possibly a class action suit. If nothing else, maybe they can pull his license. Better yet if he didn't have one. At that point, the city could get more involved if they wanted to & possibly shut him down.
     
  20. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Another update, sometimes he shows up to plow and not shovel sometimes dosen't show up after all,