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Old 01-07-2006, 07:41 PM   #1
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Say you get the contract to excavate a house lot, at the end you find you have a huge pile of (very clean) topsoil left over. Who owns it? You, or the homeowner.
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Old 01-07-2006, 07:43 PM   #2
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I'd say the homeowner, unless you arranged for it to be yours prior to the start of the job.

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Old 01-07-2006, 07:54 PM   #3
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Terry's right unless it's agreed upon in your contract it belongs to the owner.
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I feel its the owners. However, most contractors in my area try to get it trucked off the site before the homeowner even knows its there!
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The HO bought it with the lot, it belongs to them. Technically, it is part OF the lot that they bought.
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Carting the soil off before the HO knows?.........now that's dirt cheap......cheap dirt?....my second wife was like that.....dirty and cheap.

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Bob, I thought that you had retired! The place was getting boring without you.
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Yes, .......I do,......... one of my ex father in-law's was a worm.

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Originally Posted by chrisherk
...you have a huge pile of (very clean) topsoil left over. Who owns it?
Unless you put specific provisions in your contract to address various contingencies you'll find that it works like this: problems (excess undesirable spoils) belong to the contractor while assets (excess desirable spoils) belong to the owner. Develop contract language for the various scenarios that might arise throughout the course of a job and insist on its inclusion in your agreements.
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^ Right, if you bid the job, then it is up to you to get rid of it. If it is clean topsoil, then the homeowner will prolly want it for around the house. If we know that we will are going to have excess material, we would strip the topsoil first and haul it out. You may be able to convince the homeowner to pay you to remove it.
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I would never have this problem. I would never have clean topsoil here. Its always shale, limestone, granite, or clay.......good old limestone district

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