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Question DetailsAsked on 6/28/2016

On our final bill we were charged for toilets and installation also mirrors, light fixtures and faucets.

We were there for initial demolition and they removed 'everything' in all three bathrooms. There was never any discussion that putting in new replacement vanities, lights, toilets, etc would be extra. All of that was done 6 weeks ago.

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What did the scope of work for the job say - remove and replace fixtures and cabinetry, or remove and reinstall. Generally, if the contract calls for something like "gut and remodel" or "complete remodel" disposal of the original fixtures would be implied. A "repair/replace XXX (like maybe tub or shower) and repaint/refloor would imply leaving the other fixtures.


20-20 hindsight, but when you talked to the contractor about the job you should have been defining scope of work (in writing, as part of the bid/contract) and talking about which fixtures would be replaced and which reused. And of course, what input did you have into the choice3 of new fixtures - did you just say "remodel it" and that was it, or were there specific criteria about fixtures, colors, materials, etc. And of course, what was your pricing agreement - did he give you a total lump sum bid or what - because this is more than a bit late to be talking about how much you own him for the work.


Bottom line - IF you had a lump-sum bid for the work, then that SHOULD include all the fixtures UNLESS it specifically stated in the contract (or was there no written contract ?) that fixtures were additional - though in that case you should have had major input into the design/ color etc of them. IF a cost-plus contract (big mistake in almost all cases) then as long as the costs are reasonable I would say WAYYY too late to be questioning the fixtures, and his charging for them is legit because they became a necessary cost once the demo threw out the originals (which most people would NOT reuse in a complete remodel).


It really sounds like you were disconnected from determining WHAT the scope of work was on this job - and obviously after the fact is a bit late to be looking at complaining about the cost of the new materials, assuming the pricing is reasonable. That discusssion should have come at demolition time or before, and certainly if you said nothing when you saw new fixtures going in something should have been said, because by not saying anything that could be construed to be implicit approval.


You can talk to the contractor about it and he might give you some discount due to the confusion, but at this late stage assuming the cost is reasonable I would say too little, too late.

Answered 2 years ago by LCD




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