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Question DetailsAsked on 1/25/2017

Should the client be responsible for paying for the contractors' business supplies (i.e. gloves, pencils, etc.)?

I received a bill for products used by our contractor that I feel should be provided by him as part of conducting or running their business. For example: work gloves, paint bucket roller frames, paint rollers, carpentry pencils, etc.

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Absolutely not. That is the contractor's responsibility, and his cost of doing business. While the paint bucket roller frames and paint rollers might be a cost of your job (if you had painting done and those were disposable supplies), but carpenter's pencils and work gloves? Absolutely not!

Answered 3 years ago by RevDi


The other comment (RevDi was it ?) is right IF this was a firm bid job - where he agreed to do a specified amount of work for a certain fixed amount.

However, if this is a time and materials job, where you are paying for materials (likely with a fixed agreed-upon markup) as a "reimbursable cost" (in addition to labor of course), then consumables would legitimately be billed 0s tarting of course with the materials actually being built into the job - meaning you should be able to keep any bought for the job on your dime and left over as contingency stock or part-containers or cutoffs.

Generally, unless your job needed special tools which a normal contractor of his type would not be expected to have but which he could not reasonably rent and had to buy to do the work (in which case they should be turned over to you at the end of the use), tools and work clothing (including gloves) would NOT be separately charged - that is part of his labor charge cost. Exception - chemical or hazardous materials protective equipment like Tyvek coveralls and booties and dust masks or filters for protective half of full-face mask normally WOULD be considered a consumable. Gray area comes in for things like painter's disposable tyvek coveralls.

Paint rollers (the disposable fabric part) and disposable plastic mesh roller tray or throw-away paint bucket roller trays or disposable plastic roller tray liners yes, metal roller trays or metal mesh roller screens I would say no because they can be washed (for which you are paying labor) and reused by him, so those would be part of his tools. Ditto to roller handles. A gray area would be consumable bits and blades like drill bits and skil saw blades. Generally - rapidly consumed ones like abrasive cutoff or sawzall blades, and partial charge for concrete or tile/countertop cutting bits or blades based on estimated % of life used up, would be normal, Ordinary wood or plastic flooring or wood-cutting skil or cutoff saw blades usually not - but that is an area where he could try to push the envelope. Carpentry pencils and lumber crayons I guess could be charged as consumables, though that is getting awful picky and brings up the question of what else you will be asked to pay for. Vehicle costs not for travel from home to worksite, he might try to charge a mileage charge for trips for materials pickup - that sort of thing hopefully would have been worked out in the contract itself.

You can see how this sort of nickel-and-diming (as you apprantely see this to be) can rapidly get out of hand - along with hourly rate billing for "picking up materials on the way to the jobsite" or "on the way home" adding to your labor charges - one of the reasons why fixed price contract for a definitive scope of work is best if at all possible to do it that way.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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