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Question DetailsAsked on 8/19/2017

does a contractor make 20% on an interior designer floor and carpet men.

On a job together I suppled my floor man and my marble man and my carpet man. Is the contractor entitled to 20% profit on my sources?

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Depends on your contract - generally (assuming the contract calls for a 20% markup on subs by the GC) if the subs were working "for" and under the direction of the sub, he would certainly get the markup - regardless of who "found" the subs. If working directly for you and NOT reporting to the GC and you are paying them directly, then generally no unless the contract said he got that percentage on ALL subs on the job for supervision and adminisstration of the overall job.

However, that would mean you and the GC were both acting as GC on the job, which if at the same time is a recipe for disaster. If his scope was to do the general construction and rough in and he then left, then you brought in the finish contractors to do painting and flooring and maybe tile and cabinets and such, then unless the contract spelled out he got his % on every sub on the job then no.

I suspect you are what in the trade we would call an intrusive customer (aka PITA) - signs a contract with a GC to do the job, then jumps in and starts trying to bring in his own vendors and starts buying things and getting outside vendors to do things which are in the GC's scope of work. Good way to screw up a working relationship with the GC, mess up the schedule, and do away with the sole responsibility of the GC for the quality and completion of the total job. If you are going to work that way, wait till the GC is completely done with his scope of work and has been final paid off and left the site - then you can bring in your architectural finishes people to your heart's content.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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