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Question DetailsAsked on 6/3/2016

Should the contractor be responsible for clean up and removing left over materials?

We had a deck and gazebo built and they had to pour concrete platforms for the deck and gazebo. Both had leftover concrete that has now dried into giant rocks and pebbles. They have left a bucket, water bottles in the yard and all of our patio furniture laying in the yard. The deck materials are still in our driveway, including a pallett with 5 50lb bags of concrete on it, blocking the garage. We got an email today the job is complete, please pay. It doesn't seem complete- who is responsible for the clean up here?

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Absolutely - the industry standard recognized by the courts is "broom clean" with excavated/filled earth materials surfaces neatly raked smooth, debris and dirt on lawn should be removed or washed in so they are not objectionable, and removal of all scrap/demolition materials and debris unless the contract specifically states leaving some or all of them on site.

Unused materials you specifically paid for (from invoices) should stay on site unless you agree for him to take them away - materials left over on a lump sum job are his, because you paid for a specific scope of work for a specific price - if he brings materials they remain his till used in the job, and leftovers are his.

And items moved for the work (like patio furniture) should be put back in the area where it was.

So - I would reply back with an eMail listing the specific cleanup/disposal work you want done before payment. Would be best if you were there to be sure they don't just do part of it.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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