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DEAR TIM: My builder has deserted me. There are several things to finish on my job. However, even though I am holding back $2,750.00, I can't get him back to finish. Why would he not want to collect the money that I still have? U. A.

DEAR U. A.: Based upon the list of items you described which need to be completed, I feel I know the answer to your problem. Believe it or not, the value of the work which remains to be completed is probably in excess of $6,000.00. If your builder does not return to finish, it appears that he will have gotten more money from you than he deserves.

This is a common problem. It can be avoided very simply. You must only advance money to your builder for actual work completed. You probably would not be in this situation had you obtained a detailed cost breakdown at the beginning of your job.

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