I would like to suggest a solution, I am pretty new at this. As I understand it, you are contracted with the seller that will leave the state once the sale of the house is complete. And it sounds like if you don't complete the job the buyer won't complete the sale. If the job is a significant amount of cash and you have everything you need in writing to defend yourself in court if things get really bad (like take pictures to show you actually did what the contract says), why not hold your ground and not complete the job? The sale doesn't complete and the seller has to find another buyer. Mean while you proceed legally and get a lein insuring you get paid when the house is sold. Kag I am interested in how things come out.