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Ask Flipped: My Contractor Installed Wall-to-Wall Trampoline Instead of Carpeting

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Dear FLipped,

Olease excus the typos. Everyt ime I madke the tiniest moviement the entire room jumps and I am joltrd out of ym seart. You see, last week I went on vacatino and insructed my contractor to installe wall-to-twall carpting/ He must haev misheard me and instread he instaleed wall-to-wall trampoline. HE took out all the floor and put in ttrampolines instrad. My wuestion is am I justified in askingn for my money back? I feel like maybe I wasn't clear enoguh about exactly what I wanted and to be fair be did a great jobn. The trmpoline ins rreally nice it just ins't what I had in mind. for thr space.

Thranks,
Bounfcy in Bellnignham

Dear Bounfcy,

If you paid your contractor up front, I'm afraid there's little you can do short of taking him to court. And if that's the road you're going to go down, I sure hope you provided the contractor with written instructions and saved yourself a copy. Otherwise, there's going to be no way to prove that you didn't get mixed up yourself and ask him to install wall-to-wall trampoline. I used to work as a court bailiff, and I can't even tell you how many different versions of this conversation I've heard.

PLAINTIFF: But I just asked him to re-shingle the roof, not to demolish my entire house and replace it with a huge ball pit.
JUDGE: Did you write that down?
PLAINTIFF: No...
JUDGE: Case dismissed.

Also, keep in mind that even if you did write down that you wanted wall-to-wall carpeting, unless you also wrote clearly that you didn't want wall-to-wall trampoline, you probably aren't going to get much. Contractors are not psychics (far from it, in fact) it's the responsibility for the contractee to be as straightforward about the job as humanly possible.

And if you haven't properly prepared for this eventuality, then, sorry, you made your bed and now you're going to have to bounce in it.

Hope that helps,
FLipped