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Question DetailsAsked on 4/16/2016

Roofing service will not give me an estimate without my husband present. Why?

My husband travels extensively. I have had three roofing companies offer to give me an estimate for a new roof but once they find out I am married they will not come out and give me an estimate without my husband present. Why?

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Contractor probably has had too many bad experiences with one person ordering a job then the spouse says no or too expensive or wants a separate explanation and visit and changes to the scope of work, doubling the bidding effort.

NOT to be sexist but this commonly happens with a wife ordering a job (and typically knows less about construction), then the husband wants to ask technical questions or wants to change the scope or thinks the wife got scammed on the sale and wants changes to scope and/or price. Granted - these days it is becoming more common for it to happen the other way around too, where the wife is the house-savvy one and wants to redo the husband's decision or wants a different or color or such.

Also happens a lot where a two-earner couple does not keep joint assets - so one person or the other would be asked to pay part out of "his" or "her" funds, sometimes without even heard of the scheme and project beforehand. Or where a housespouse orders remodeling or agrees to a storm-chaser roof replacement or drive-by salesman's gutters or such without consulting the wage-earner first.

I remember one job in the $1000/SF range for a complete remodel of an upscale penthouse which was changed from 1800's farm- loft design to modern ('70's modern) plastic and stainless by a wife while her husband was on an extended assignment for an oil company in the Middle East. He came home to a glaring (though artistically very well done) ultra modern home with his hunter-themed man-cave with built-in bar and mega-screen TV changed into a swimming pool/exercise room - and the architect and general contractor had not gotten substantial up-front or progress payments and ended up having to sue to get their money (over $2 million) because the husband wanted it changed back to the way it was and would not pay. Eventually ended up being sold and the couple divorced and went their own ways (and >

Even if the presentation/estimate visit is with one of the two, most savvy contractors will require that all co-owners on the house sign the contract before starting work.

In your position - would be a good idea to have a notarized Power of Attorney from your husband giving you power to sign on his behalf for home improvement work and repairs - ditto on auto repairs at least, if not a General Power of Attorney.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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