needed: Hardwood installation mitigation
OUr initial bid was $6200 to install 2200 sq ft of prefinished hardwood incl. 13 steps. After changing the floor plan adding 5 add't steps, using tile in 2 areas we were able to return about 580 sq ft of wood. (yes we paid $19,600 for flr plan changes).
OUr contracter still thinks we should pay him the $6200 plus $300 for the extra 5 steps. This doesnt feel fair to me. I think we should be spending less. Help me do the right thing. What is fair?
Heres what I would ask the contractor
5 steps $300 = $60/step
So using simple math = 13 * 60 = 780
= $6200 - $780 = $5420 for 2200 Ft2 of floor
= 2200 - 580 = 1620 Ft2 of floor after changes
= $5420 / 2200 = 2.46/FT2 install cost
= $2.46 * 1620 = $3991 + cost of stairs
= $3991 + $1080 for stairs = $5071
If the contractor doesn't agree with this math, ask him why. If there is additional work because of the changes ask him to justify the costs.
If he can't I would suggest getting comparitive pricing.
Was there a written contract involved? Is so, what were the change clauses if any? If there was a written contract you must adhere to its wording.
We had a quote from an installer recommended by a previous contractor, his written bid shows 2200 sq ft of prefinished 3/4" hardwood installed $6200. The layout at that time was different and had only 13 steps. Our current contractor wanted the add't labor for his crew & called me-he said he would do it for the same as the other guy but added $300 for the 5 add't steps.
The work was completed without a written change. Hind sight is 20/20! What is fair?
I'm having a hard time following your post. How much money are you wanting the contractor to come off? I guess the problem with oral agreements is everyone may expect different things when the project changes.
If the contractor suddenly changed something and wanted more money, you would feel cheated. I say, if it's a small amount of money I would just pay it, rather than dealing with the possibility of a lawsuit and a lien.
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