How to negotiate with floor contractor who damaged my table
October 7, 2013 4:32 PM Subscribe
Contractor is doing a pretty good job on a floor repair. Unfortunately, his guys picked up my beautiful ceramic tabletop by its ends, it cracked in the middle, and it is now trash.
posted by JimN2TAW to work & money (16 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Contractor is making nice noises about accepting blame for the damage and knocking an agreed amount off my final payment. But I'm not sure how much to ask for.
For example, using approximate round numbers, let's say the table cost $3000 in 1998, and that a replacement today would cost $5000. From my own POV, I deserve $5000, to make myself whole with as little disruption in my life as possible. OTOH, Contractor might offer only $2000 on the ground that the table had depreciated, and/or that the table broke because it had become weaker over time.
In your judgment and experience, what do I deserve, and what am I likely to get?
(To simplify the question, since the contractor has admitted fault, for now, let's not consider suing anyone, nor whether the guys were negligent in the way they picked up my table.)