I was asked to paint a house in a city that was an hour and a half away. When given the total that the client’s insurance stated that they would cover, I agreed to paint the house for that amount, plus fuel charges. This was also a documented agreement. On the first day of work, I soon realized, upon inspection of the property, that this was no “average” paint project. The house was covered in severely damaged and peeling lead paint. I immediately called the client to inform him of the new circumstances, estimated that the cost would certainly be several hundred dollars more expensive to apply a costly product to re adhere the existing paint so that it could be concealed with new paint (per EPA guidelines), in lieu of the much more costly option of hiring a hazmat team to remove and dispose of the lead based painted siding, then have the added cost of new siding and installation. He agreed to the cheaper alternative of applying a more costly product to conceal. Once condition was known and neseccary material cost increase was approved, work progressed. The material costs ended up being almost $800 more. He has since decided that he will only pay for the original amount that was agreed upon via email. The work was completed on 4/23. Of the original amount agreed upon ($3,169.77, which does not include any of the additional costs incurred), only $1,000 has been paid. I financed the job on my personal credit card consisting of material and equipment rentals totaling $1,448 (no mark up, client was supplied with receipts of charges as they were incurred over the 2 week period) and have since paid interest on those charges. Do I have any recourse to recover the additional charges since A.) the original agreement was an informal email agreement, B.) the increase in cost was verbal and “on the spot”.