This is my first real home remodel/work I've done, and I'm learning the hard way (see post on caisson/piles)...my GC, who was a friend I played cards with, is either dishonest, incompetent or disorganized and I really can't tell which. He is also telling me that he isn't making any money on my project, but I'm having a really hard time believing him!
Our paperwork and communications is very casual...probably too casual...often just an oral agreement.
In any case, we are redoing a deck and staircase. I've bought the materials, and the GC put in a flat bid for the entire project ($5900...I'm in Los Angeles). I said I'd pay 50% upfront, 50% at completion.
They are now sanding and staining/sealing the deck...my question is this: is that included in the price? My feeling is yes, but I'm sure he'll say no.
When you hire people, you get what they are going to do in writing. It's a contract you both understand and agree upon.
Nothing is "understood" without it.
You stain a deck, don't really, "seal" it. And you don't do either on high moisture wood.
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