My general contractor for the comprehensive remodel of my home charges a 15% surcharge on all materials and subcontractor costs, and charges $65/hour for his own time supervising the project. Are these standard charges? If so, what would be an appropriate total percentage of the total project cost that goes to the contractor via these two types of charges?
You ask a good question.
A 10 - 15% surcharge is not too far out there on material and subs. Consider it insurance that all goes well. If not, it's pretty darn cheap insurance policy that covers the time and effort to get.it fixed correctly. Besises, you are paying him very little for his time to insure materials and subs are adequate. If you think this might be a tad high, take yime out of your day and do these things yourseld.
About his fee, $52 - $65 is not very much to pay for ALL the time, gas, effort to organize an disuse you het.a premium job ( provided that is what you get ).
Put a contengientcy in the contract that he gets 80% of the hours charged till completion and final ( fair ) punch. Upon that turn key....pay the guy......you'll be glad you choose this one.
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