“Rough Payment” Demand
Our HVAC sub has been ghosting us for months and when I finally sent an email asking them to immediately give me a plan for completing the project, the response was “we have been waiting for rough payment (we are way beyond rough at this point)”. We hired them to install ducted minisplit and ERVs: one air handler in basement with ducts to first floor, one ERV in basement with independent ducts to first floor, one air handler in conditioned attic with ducts to second floor, one ERV in attic with independent ducts to second floor and attic. So far they have installed the air handler and ERV in the attic and run ducts to ceiling registers, though not exactly to our specifications. In the basement they have run the duct trunk, but no connections to registers (haven’t even cut them into floor yet) and have not installed the ERV or its ducting. Our contract says second payment is due “upon completion of rough” but based on work completed to date I did not consider the rough complete. What is considered reasonable amount of work to be considered complete rough? Should we just pay the second installment to get them to show up and finish this project or should I expect more work before paying them any more?
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