Yeah, done plenty of this. Usually it works out okay, but it depends upon the project. Sometimes they buy the wrong stuff so I like the idea of charging for travel time. Make sure you charge your time high enough.
The only time I do that is for small things like light fixtures, ceiling fans, faucets, etc. They can do the shopping at their leisure and pick out what they want. But if I have to return it or get additional materials for it then they're paying my hourly rate for me to do it. I don't let them do that and have me come back x days later. For big things like windows, doors, flooring, trim, rock, etc - NO.
Well if the homeowner can by the materials, then they can install it themselves. My business is a bit different than yours but my policy is that I buy/provide the parts. The last thing I want to do is get in an argument with the homeowner when I install their provided equipment and it has a problem. Just my two cents.
Light fixtures, plumbing fixtures, or other things where their personal taste is needed is no problem for me on full remodels. In fact I prefer it.
For T&M jobs and service calls, they can provide visible fixtures and I provide everything else. I also warn them that sometimes cheaper materials take longer to install.
I've had clients show me a box of old garage sale bought wire, can lights, devices, boxes, etc. and I simply refuse. Fortunately, once I got into higher end clients it doesn't happen AS MUCH.:laughing:
Always T&M unless its stuff like door handles, shower valves, light fixtures ect ect where they decide the styles. I try and be involved with stuff like Tile as much as I can so I can keep them in a fixed price.
Some times I will let it happen if they are repeat customers and I will be making enough money.
They phone into the supplier and give a credit card number and I buy what I need.
They get the travell points.
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