An extra $500, probably compounded. Not good.
There has to be, must be some way out of this. I've been trying to get work done here for almost a year--two years in one case--with no luck. In one instance fully paid for but only half done. Screwed. That's typical down here. Lately there's simply no one to do the work because of deportations and COVID. You may be facing something similar with this crew (i.e., they are overworked) and simply have to have patience IF time is something you can play with.
But I am now distracted from all the advice I so mansplainingly dumped on you (you're welcome) by this headline: "my first BF..." HOLY F! Tess was, like, my umpteenth. I am, most definitely, NOT that much older than you. FEEL MY PAIN. Of course, my first girlfriend was in the first grade. Someday, over a glass of pinot--virtual or otherwise--I will tell you about Tess and her OTHER boyfriend, Max (yes, and he looked like a "Max," too...) which is what made that song so "special" between us.