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When is it reasonable to reduce price for work not complete?

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Posted by: from O Fallon
5/12/2016 at 2:00:29 PM

The GC I hired, fired the lead carpenter midway through a home addition. They are now past their stated completion date with much more work to do. I've paid 90% of the agreed upon price. When is it reasonable to ask for a reducton in price (thinking 5%).

In the process, they also put the wrong colored shingles on the roof (which they are going to redo) and apparently forgot to order the trim work and interior doors, so we are still waiting for those to arrive.

Getting no real answers on a new completion date...likely will be two weeks past agreed upon date, on what was a four week project.

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Kenny from You Nailed It in Memphis
Date/Time5/12/2016 at 8:47:40 PM

Not sure what the total price was for the job but, 10% balance does give you the last hand in payments. I stop requesting draws at the 90% mark just as a standard practice. If there are extenuating circumstances that run the project over, I do a " change order " explaining the reason, effect on completion date and any moneys. Then the owner signs ( with conditions, if necessary ) and we move forward.

It sounds like the guy is trying to correct some things. Not sure why some materials aren't on site, ( that's his responsibility ). Rarely have i had to pay a " fine " for running past a completion date if I have been ernest.

Wouldn't want a tradesman to fail but, bad work / competence should be rectified. Sometimes a negative review might do some good. Hate you are in this situation and hope all turns out well.

KK

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