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Question DetailsAsked on 9/19/2013

Do I have to disclose a contractor's bid to the builder who use different subcontractor?

We have the builder building a new house for us. We don't like the proposed HVAC from the builder and it's subcontractor. I get a bid from different HVAC contractor and my builder is asking to see the bid so he can provide me the upgrade cost. Do I have to disclose the bid to the builder?

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If you like the builder you have chosen I would think it would be in your best interest to show the bid. While the builder you chose may have a knowledge of his subcontractor it would not hurt to compare notes, who knows if the two subs are providing the same service and materials your builder may find a new sub. It is rare but once in awhile builders subs may get complacent and not cross their T's and dot the eyes and at times I do not check my subs prices do to the fact that I trust them. If you really want to check ask for his subs specs and compare them to the one you got. And if you see a difference ask him about it.


Answered 6 years ago by ContractorDon


Be careful here - you have a contract with the builder to build your house, and now you are going out behind his back for alternative HVAC bids ? This is both an ethical and legal no-no - you are unilaterally changing the scope of work, plus the general contractor (builder) has overall responsibility for coordinating and interfacing ALL the trades - you can't just jump in and start messing with the scope of work, plus he probably has a contract with the sub for the HVAC work, so that is tortious contract interference. In addition, some materials may have already been bought by the sub, so you may be liable for the cost of those.

You should be talking to the builder about your problem with the HVAC equipment and contactor - though the HVAC equipment should have been specified in the contractual scope of work up front, not mid-construction.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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