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Question DetailsAsked on 6/23/2013

Should I really be charged extra for the work my contractor thinks of is added, but I think is covered by our contract?

¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬-_____________________________________________________________________________________I WANT TO BE FAIR TO OUR CONTRACTOR, BUT I DON’T WANT TO PAY ADDITIONAL CHARGES UNLESS THEY ARE DUE AND THE WORK CHARGE BELOW IS DETERMINED TO BE RIGHTLY ADDED. Would you read this and give me your opinion? Many thanks. Marian Felgenhauer, member
WHEN ALL WALLS WERE DETERMINED TO BE TOO DAMAGED, REMODELER REMOVED ALL WALLS, CLAIMING THOSE LISTED BELOW WERE ADDED WORK; HE ADDERED THE FOLLOWING CHARGES:
Remove plaster and wood lath completely on ceiling and South wall. Removal of plaster on North and East walls.
Removal and disposal of debris from job site to disposal facility$241
Hang Drywall on North, South and East Walls$205
Tape and finish coats of joint compound in all joints/corners of Kitchen space $175
CREDIT FOR “PATCH AS NECESSARY” TO EXISTING PLASTER: NOW REMOVED$(150)
SUBTOTAL$ 671
TOTAL$ 671
He then referred to our contract as follows:
The written construction agreement and addendum(s) contain the entire agreement between the parties. Any changes or modifications contain in this agreement will be added to the current scope of work and associated costs will be included on the current change order log for your project

This is how our Contract & Building Specifications was written as pertains to this work area:
•LABOR AND MATERIALS PROVIDED AS FOLLOWS:
•Remove damaged plaster as needed to provide proper base for new plaster
•Provide and install new drywall on ceiling and new or remodeled walls
•All wall cracks will be patched and repaired as necessary

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Unclear if you were looking for third-party input or help direct from Angie's List - I am not related to Angie's List.

Based on what you provide, for areas included in the original scope of work, all of the work he is claiming appears to be included in the basic scope of work, and hence NOT subject to a change order.

The kicker comes down to how the original work area was defined - was it defined as certain ceilings and walls, or by room. If by specific ceilings and walls and you agreed to extend it to others, than he has a good claim for any not in the original scope. If it was based on specific rooms with removal/repair as necessary for the entire room, then you appear to be covered by the original spec, and his claim should be denied.

Since he gave a substantial creddit for the patching that was undone because entire wall was redone, I don't think he is out-and-out trying to cheat you. BTW, assuming normal sized rooms, his pricing does not appear at all out of whack to me - actually less than I would expect for that scope.

Do NOT pay him until the complaint is resolved in full - once paid, you will get nothing back in almost all cases.

If you have a continuing complaint after reviewing what the contractual scope of work was, contact Angie's Customer Service and they will help you in dealing with the contractor.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD




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