(Closed) Kitchen contractor woes… again

posted 6 years ago in Home
Post # 3
46457 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

You should definitely ask for a breakdown of the charges, including dates and hours he worked and how many men were on the job.

Post # 4
2157 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Ok, I just asked my FI – he works as a contractor.  It seems it should be pretty standard to put a break down on there of all the costs.  It is well within your rights to ask for that! It’s like getting a receipt at the grocery store.

Post # 5
5993 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

so thats almost $8K to assemble and install as you are supplying materials?  is this a quote or he has already done the work? and if he has already done the work why did you let him without a quote first?  gosh im hoping the $8K is just the quote

either way demand a breakdown – especially if you are providing the cabinets etc

Post # 7
1144 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

It depeneds on your orginal contract with him, was this a lump sum project or time and materials? Do you know his hourly rate? Did you have a quote?

Were you not home during the rennovation… so you don’t know how long it took? Becuase he can say X was a problem.

Some items he can pontentially bill for – Did he have more than one person working? Did you need electrical, painting or plumbing? Did someone come out for your countertops (are they granite? we’re they precut? were they prerounded?) Delivery charges? Fuel? Milage? Tool rental (or he can charge an hourly cost for certain tools)? Did you have a time frame that required early or late work? Permits?

Typically you can withhold 10% in rentention for him to come back and fix things  after a walk though.

Post # 9
804 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@globalmargaret:  Unfortunate but true fact: there are people who believe women are pushovers but won’t try to pull that stuff on men.  Sometimes I have to put Fiance on speakerphone and literally script out things for him to say because he’s non-confrontational; I’ve accepted this about him and I have no problem telling people that if I am paying for something, that thing had better be done correctly.  I don’t mind handling that, but every now and then someone will ONLY listen to a man.  This is especially bad with my mechanic.  I will ask him a question and he will turn to my father to answer.  My father will look clueless because he’s so not mechanical (almost killed himself screwing in a lightbulb once, no joke).  I follow up the answer with another question and the guy won’t even turn his head to me.  If I go alone, he dumbs all of the answers down for me and it drives me crazy.  If he didn’t do really good work for cheap, I’d move on fast.

Your Fiance may get further with this guy.  He sounds shady, and I would threaten to file a complaint against him if he doesn’t return to do the job correctly and if he doesn’t justify how it took 3 guys that long to do the work.  can install a sink in a few hours, and I have no formal training, so I hope he can explain that one.

Post # 10
1564 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@globalmargaret:  Since we are doing our kitchen and have a contractor I find that to be very expensive. We are installing new cabinets and 66 square feet of counter top and labor is less than $3500, and I think our kitchen is a pretty good size, a little bigger than average and includes the installation of a new island. You should definitely ask for a breakdown of everything.

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