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Old 03-06-2010, 01:21 PM   #16
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Tom.

Valid points. Except. This is a DIY site. Not a "is this contractor's prices ok site". So it is not a relevant topic for this site.

The only way for the OP to know is to get several quotes/estimates. And go LOOK at the installs at other houses. And see how happy those customers are. And then decide if the quality of the work is worth the price.

Not by asking people here if the prices are good. We can't see the previous installs those contractors did.

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and i didn't tell him either were good,just the kinds of different siding companies out there and how they go about pricing a job

i understand this is a diy site, but you understand not everyone that post should do their own work,giving a little insight so they can make a more informed decision on any kind of project for their home may not fit the letter here but it fits the spirit of this site
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Sorry to ruin some of your days but I'm new to siding quotes and figured this would be a place to get advice. Tom, thank you very much. You were helpful.
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and i didn't tell him either were good,just the kinds of different siding companies out there and how they go about pricing a job

i understand this is a diy site, but you understand not everyone that post should do their own work,giving a little insight so they can make a more informed decision on any kind of project for their home may not fit the letter here but it fits the spirit of this site
Spirit of the site is, DIY.

While not everyone should DIY. The site is geared to DIY projects, and discussions(selecting a contactor is not considered a DIY project).

Now that he knows the way the price is determined. He still has no idea which company is the better company to use.

Advice on how to select a quality oriented contractor would be more useful.
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its all part of the process of hiring any contractor,just looking at the job he did down the road doesn't mean much,the type of buisness he runs probably means more

and with that i'll stop responding to this thread because i have a great respect for the mods here

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Interesting discussion and important for DIYers who get into a situation where they HAVE TO hire professionals.
Like me... I have failed basement walls and the city came in. In order to get a permit I had to get a structural engineer to draw up plans. I've got a few bids... one is what you'd called a "family contractor". I went and saw one site where he was working and thought he was very good; plus his price at the time was the only affordable one. I agreed to his bid of $7,900 and gave him a $2K deposit. However, after the structural engineer completed his plans (that included a drainage system & sump pump) he wanted about $4K more. I said no and he lowered to +$2K and says he absolutely can't do it for any lower because the structural engineer called for thicker rebar, etc. In the mean time I looked up his license on the CA Contractor State License Board (see: https://www2.cslb.ca.gov/OnlineServi...?LicNum=844154) and found out that although he is bonded, he has no worker's comp. He is Hispanic and although I couldn't care less if he gives buddies work, does this mean that I am risking being sued if somebody gets hurt? Another question... he has had my $2,000 for a year now. I haven't agreed to the higher price. Can't I demand the money back with interest? In Italy I know that you can demand the deposit back doubled when they change the price on you. What if he just ignores me?
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You can and should ask for WC & liability carrier info... faxed direct to you by Contractors carrier this can also be done with subs contract plans to use. If workers are run through a payroll company, the payroll Co may be dealing with the WC. The owner has claimed exemption.
If info not available;; Run Forrest Run..
If not insured properly...should be easy grounds to void your contract and get refund.

Price... & refund sounds like the game changed when final Engr drawings
came in... and you both negotiated a new price.

Refund with interest? All depends on your contract.... State laws vary, but
if fraud is involved then other penalty $$ may kick in... You may need a lawyer.
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Thanks Bob. Run Forrest run? I am assuming he is not properly insured because when I emailed him about it he did not answer. On the State Contractors Board it says he declares he has no employees. So, it's a risk dealing with him? Or it would be okay if he does the work all himself? (I do remember him talking about "his workers").
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again state laws vary. This issue is ... touchy..and involved.

The idea behind the self exemption on WC is: if an individual has a health
policy that will cover them even when working why force someone to insure themselves twice. Also when an owner is disabled from a work related injury it is hard to compensate them as they are no longer able to pay into the WC fund.

The two policies would invoke co-insurance provisions and the 2 carriers would pay a share.

Most private health carriers don't like to cover, but may fail to exclude work related injury. Private health Underwriters may assume that work related injury is covered under a Workers comp policy and set policy premium at a lower rate.

Workers Compensation: Not only covers the medical bills, but a % of lost wages during recovery period.

WC premium rates are determined by trade classification.

Roofers and tree surgeons generally have a the highest rates (given as a percentage of weekly payroll) roofers 45% to 54% per hundred $ of individual payroll. These rates all depend on loss history of the company
and the trade classification.

Hence dealing with contractors that play the game straight up and have proper coverages will be more expensive...overhead thing.. BUT you are protected...

Any contractor doings things right will not have a problem or be offended
to provide proof of proper insurance coverage for anyone that they bring to a work site. The good ones appreciate you asking.

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