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Question DetailsAsked on 9/14/2016

Can I ask for a detailed invoice from my plumber for a large job?

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Sure you can ask - and during bidding phase if you tell him you want a detailed invoice then that can be made part of the agreement. Be sure to spell out exactly HOW detailed you want it - every last fitting and clamp, or what is more common for plumbers - labor time and cost, major items like boiler or water heater or meter or regulator and such larger item costs, piping cost (based on lineal foot price), then misc fittings - commonly billed at a flat rate for a given material (say copper) just as say 27 fittings at $3 each or such. And sometimes a flat $10-50 fee for larger jobs for misc clamps, fasteners, solder and flux, and similar consumables. So if you want every last item detailed in the invoice that needs to be made clear.

If he gave you an invoice for work already done, if you had agreed to a fixed price for the job (like a specific replumbing or new addition plumbing installation job or water heater replacement say) then that is the price you agreed on, and a single lump-sum invoice is appropriate and all you are "entitled" to, though he might agree to give uyou one after-the-fact if requested - but would not be "mandatory".

If the work was done on a time and materials basis (common for repair jobs and sometimes water heater replacements and such) then certainly you have the right to ask for an invoice showing total hours worked (and rate per hour) and an itemization of the materials and their costs he is billing you for, plus any materials markup (like on water heaters or boilers for instance) and any travel or service call charge if not included in the hourly rate. [Many plumbers charge a flat service fee which includes travel and the first 1/2 or 1 hour, then a different hourly rate for all additional time, which is commonly charged in 1/4 or sometimes 1/2 hour increments].

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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