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Question DetailsAsked on 1/17/2016

Does a contractor charge time and gas to pick up an item for a job,

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I hope my answer helps. I live in ft lauderdale florida. I replaced my 40 ga;;on water heater about 2 yrs ago and the plumber did not charge one cent to deliver the new one and take the old one away. Also had remodeling work done by a contracting company this past year I was not charged for anything I picled out anywhere . I told them what I had looked at and wanted and they picked up everything and delivered it. . Is your plumber a licensed one? and the same question for your contractor. Have you checked to make sure there are no complaints about him.

Answered 3 years ago by eexotic1011


Generally - and always exceptions - if paying the contractor by the hour, you would normally pay for the labor for parts runs. Gas/mileage usually is not charged unless along trip is necessary, but subject to negotiation. Also - if the vendor has to interrupt the job to go get a part during the middle of the job and you are paying by the hour, then yes. Like if a plumber has to go back to the shop for a part he does not routinely carry in the truck.

If you are paying on a flat rate or lump sum bid for the work, then no - getting the materials/parts is part of the job as bid. Normally, contractors spend the first hour or two in the morning getting parts and materials for the job(s) at hand for that day and maybe the next one or two, and no extra charge for that - part of the work scope as bid to obtain the materials.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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