No contact from painters - I haven't paid them yet - they owe me two sets of blinds - what should I do?
We had our house painted in preparation for its going up for sale. The company we hired quoted us something in the $2300 range (plus materials - get to that in a minute). They did the job, and in the process bent up three sets of aluminum blinds (probably taking them down or stepped on them while painting). They agreed to replace the damaged blinds.
That was almost two weeks ago. The last time I talked to the guy who gave us the quote, he was still looking for one last set of blinds & also our quote, which he had apparently misplaced. I asked him to email me an invoice and let me know when to expect the replacement blinds. Since then, nothing.
I'm on the fence here. I highly doubt he's forgotten that I didn't pay him yet, but on the off chance that he has--and that I'll be able to live with not paying him for the job (still undecided there)--do I call on the pretext of asking about my blinds? I hate to call and say "you know I owe you two grand dude" but that's pretty much what I'd be doing...
What would you do? The money's in the bank earning interest... do I wait him out? Call him up? Buy new blinds myself and feign ignorance when he calls me? Block his number in Google Voice and hope he doesn't find me before I sell my house & move? Something else?
You could find the blinds yourself and send him a detailed receipt deducting the cost of the blinds from what you owe him...see if he's good with that as opposed to waiting for his full amount and then take care of it yourself so that it gets done more quickly.
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Be honest. Call him up and tell him you need the blinds because your home is for sale. Tell him you'll pay him the full amount if he replaces the blinds. Or if he just can't get you the blinds I would buy them yourself and send him the full amount less whatever the blinds cost and include that receipt with your payment.
When he calls, just start speaking Spanish. I'm sure he won't be able to find anyone to translate and he'll think he has the wrong number.
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