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Question DetailsAsked on 7/20/2016

Having a 20x16 3 season porch built for $25 per sq ft. Does the price per sq ft include labor?

Tear off of old deck boards. extend original footprint 2 ft for the new 16x20 footprint. No exterior paint. Flat rubber roof. no interior finish. 9 storm windows ($477) and 2 sliders ($678) . #2 grade deck boards. Builder said he is building for $25 per sq ft. Does that include labor?

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You should have a written contract with him - or at least a firm written bid proposal stating what the scope of work and price is, which you signed to accept and to form a contract. Unless it says specifically that the price is for materials only, if it says anything along the line of "build porch" or "remodel porch" or "upgrade porch" or so, then would be a contract to provide all the materials, tools, labor, permits, etc necessary to legally perform the specified work.

$25/SF sounds in the normal range to convert an existing porch to a three-season porch by redecking and building up from there to a screened-in roofed porch - actually probably a bit on the lower side probably so I am assuming you are in a low-cost area.

If you have no written contract then you are taking a lot of risks of the "he-siad, she-said" type - and he has the upper hand because he has the power to put a lien on your property if you refuse to pay the total he asks for at the end, and without a contract you will have no way to prove not only that his price should have included labor, but even that the agreed-on price was actually $25/SF !

I also wonder, if you have not written contract, is this contractor licensed, bonded, insured, etc ? Article on that subject here -

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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