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Old 12-08-2014, 03:50 PM   #1
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put an addition on the back of my existing shop building, and totally reskinned the existing one, new doors, new tin, new insulation...it really looks nice. very happy with way it turned out.

what i'm bringing up here is MY fault..not the guys that put the building up for me. i should have known better.

they gave me a price on the building, "but" asked me if i would buy and pay for all the material...no problems.

job's done, as good or better than i expected...they're great young contractors...but, i should have gone total cost. job is done, i have couple bags of screws left over...5-6 sheets of tin, extra trim pieces...i don't know where they go, i dig ditches, not put up buildings..now, i'm paying a restocking charge on what i'm returning to the yard.

you know, i'm probably still dollar wise on the top side, but were i to do another, i'd insist.."how much will i write you the check for".

again, this is NOT a negative reflection on the guys who put the building up for me. they in my opinion did a wonderful job...i just don't like chasing "extras" back to the supplier.
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Old 12-08-2014, 04:39 PM   #2
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after i posted this...i wonder why i posted it..i got exactly what i wanted...in the price range i was hoping for. except for the loose ends. i was hoping these guys would have assumed all the responsibilities of the GC.

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after i posted this...i wonder why i posted it..i got exactly what i wanted...in the price range i was hoping for. except for the loose ends. i was hoping these guys would have assumed all the responsibilities of the GC.
What did your contract say?

I would have told them to take the stuff with them...
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Old 12-08-2014, 05:02 PM   #4
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hahaha...my response will NOT be funny...our "contract"...was a handshake. i've worked with these guys a LOT..like i posted earlier. i didn't get burnt..it was my fault with the given results. they did a nice job and it fell well within my budget. it really could have gone the other way. maybe this truly should impress the importance of signed contracts....even amongst friends, people you trust. that way you stay friends...and i'll stay friends with these guys. they performed as good or better than expected.
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They let you save 20% by buying your own materials and your upset.? I would return the extras with a smile on my face.
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Well, welcome to the world of the General Contractor...

Although I rarely ever returned any extras...

If there wasn't an immediate need on another job, they went to to shop.

I do believe had I been in your shoes I would have done what hdavis said & just had them take all the extra stuff...
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They let you save 20% by buying your own materials and your upset.? I would return the extras with a smile on my face.
no, i'm not upset...i ended up being the general on my own building, and as an afterthought, wish i wouldn't have been, just because i'm getting lazy in my old age. i'm not whining about price or quality in the least bit...maybe this post was/is intended to be an affirmation of the importance on signed contracts...the results could have been bad.
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That new insulation is going to be pretty nice this Winter.....I'm jealous.

Of course it does not get as cold here as the weather you get.
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They let you save 20% by buying your own materials and your upset.? I would return the extras with a smile on my face.
My question is: Did they give him the same price as if they had bought the materials or did they give him a discount if he bought the materials?
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Good for them for not running out of stock 3-4 times and charging you to go back and get more stock

Keep some stock, especially the trim so you will have what you need in case there is a jamb or wall damaged by snow plow of banging a jamb.
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I hear you on returning the stuff and getting hit up with restocking fee. Which by the way is BS. At least you are getting some money back on the materials. Look at it this way. If you hadn't gotten too much stuff, would you have wasted more of your time running around throwing materials together last minute while the guys doing the building had to wait on you to get the stuff to the site? I take it you'd rather have 10-15 yards of fill leftover than screws and tin.
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After enough years doing this, you can just about build a component building from the materials left over from 10 projects. Now, the walls may be different colors....and the ridge may be wavy.......

If we do a labor only bid, the client keeps all extra or unused materials, if it is a one price, it leaves with me.
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There again I like providing the material . Have a little extra on the job. Nothing more of a pain then running out and out of town. Now my trim and metal try to keep that pretty close as it is custom and non-returnable. Screws , closure, and such ,bring extra no re-stocking fee.

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