Re: Not Happy with Contractor's Work
if you want you can but that does not mean he cannot sue you.
Can I withhold payment (or partial payment) until the work is re-accomplished or repaired?
sure. proving your position is more difficult but you have a contract still.
Since there was only a verbal contract, do I have any recourse if I am not satisfied with the work done?
Not sure what you are looking for here. A warranty would not apply to the situation and not sure what you mean by having to have the work redone and a time limit.
How long do I have to get the work redone/is there any sort of implied 'warranty' period?
I hate being confrontational and feel foolish because I attempted this as a surprise for my spouse who is deployed to the middle east- I'd like for him to be surprised when he gets home, and know he will be unhappy with the mailbox the way it is now. I'm embarrassed and don't know if there is any recourse I can take in this situation
well, it is as simple as this:
did you convey to him a specific design or design elements. Were those requirements met?
if yes, then you have a valid claim to have him repair the situation, at his cost.
If no, then you are at fault, or at least partially at fault for this so any remedy would be the result of a negotiation but you have no real support for your position to require him to do anything.
as to the added $200;
did he give you an estimate or was the price contracted. If it was contracted and there were no provisions for additions without approval, then tell him you do not wish to pay anything more than was agreed to.
if he only provided an estimate, you must defend your refusal to pay on the basis that the price, as estimated, was presented as a reliable estimate and unless there were unforeseen justifications for the price increase that would be allowable under the contract, you are not responsible for the price increase.
If the contract was something such as:
it will be about $500 and then it ends up to be $700, then you are going to find it difficult to deny the extra.
tell him thanks from a guy that never had to serve because of those that did and continue to do so.
a surprise for my spouse who is deployed to the middle east-
I am not an attorney and any advice is not to be construed as legal advice. You might even want to ignore my advice. Actually, there are plenty of real attorneys that you might want to ignore as well.