We finished installing a new roof on a apartment building 2 weeks ago. We installed a new certainteed roof with 8 new velux FS model skylights and 15 new pipe boot flashings.
The day we finished the final clean up I sent a invoice to the customer. The customer took first 8 days to make contact and say that they were under the assumption the skylights would finished inside. I explained to them that skylights need to either be trimmed with pine or drywalled to after they are installed. They wanted me to come by and look at it. I did, I looked measured it up and told them the options. They have made no contact sense. I asked about payment and they said they didn’t have a chance to look at the work we did yet (8 days after now). They want to check the work that we did, before paying I guess?
My contract states " Payment of 50% of this sum to be paid in full on the start of the job and the remaining balance is to be paid in one additional payment of 50%. At the time of full completion. Full completion is when all roofing is installed, debris cleaned up, driveway raked with magnet, dumpster removed".
My Contract says the following:
" Contract does not include interior finish work. Skylights should be direct fit if drywall is not a direct fit additional work order must be signed for interior finish work of skylights to begin"
In past experiences I usually just suck it up and do what something if it’s small and going to get me paid. But trimming out 8 skylights total inside to the existing drywall isn’t just a hour or two. I calculated and sent them a proposal for interior trim work for $1,200 to trim out the 8 skylights with pine they are all about 30"x55" lights.
I feel that they are withholding the money thinking that it will force me to do the interior work. I really do not want to do the trim work to get my money but they owe just shy of $7,000. I presume since I have called them 3 times since I looked at the interior of the building they are choosing to not make contact. It has been 14 days since the final clean up. I refuse to open any more contracts with them as well at this point until the previous one is paid in full.
My question is how do I proceed with the matter? I would rather have the final payment as the loss of cash flow currently isn’t helping. Do I threaten them with court? Small claims here has a limit of $5,000. If I hire an attorney for civil court I would end up paying a bunch in fees to him/her. A lien probably will take years to get any compensation from…
Any help with this issue would be greatly appreciated.