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How to get a customer to pay for a paint job on their home? We had a verbal agreement. ?

We have a home repair business and cannot get a customer to pay for a satisfactory paint job on their home. There is no problem, the husband just doesn't want to pay. What can we do in Texas?

Asked By: susan m - 10/31/2008
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I work for a collection agency & a verbal contract is just as binding as a written one. Do up an invoice, send it to the customer, if no response send the account to a collection agency that reports to all 3 credit bureaus & utilizes an attorney. Only use agencies in your direct area, as Texas is a "closed" state... More
Answered By: brandie05bab - 10/31/2008
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Small claims court.
Answered By: im here - 10/31/2008
 
Get a lawyer and sue them for the cost, legal costs and anything else. If they haven't got the money then you are stuffed but if you do nothing presumably you will get nothing.
Answered By: raysor - 10/31/2008
 
It obviously varies from state to state, but, sometimes just having an attorney send an "official" and strongly worded letter demanding payment does the trick... More
Answered By: CT1209 - 10/31/2008
 
I am sure you had an agreement of sorts before setting out to do his job. You must have some documents that binds both you & your customer to a contract for the job. If you have all those, then you can very easily get a lawyer & sue him & even claim extra money as compensation for harrasment & other damage charges if... More
Answered By: madascene - 10/31/2008
 
Regular persuasion for payment through visits as well as written communication.
Answered By: nk - 10/31/2008
 
Threaten them with legal costs. Send them a couple of letters saying you are seeking legal advice. I have said this so many times but people do not seem to realize the importance of a written contract. Have a standard contract written up for the type of work you do. Then you will always have your back covered. You... More
Answered By: James N - 10/31/2008
 
Good Luck! We own a flooring bus. The same thing happen to us we have the signed papers and can't afford to pay an attorney to take them to court. So please let me know what you did that worked for you. If you can afford an attorney that is the way to go!
Answered By: Fergy - 10/31/2008
 
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