It is important to read all contracts carefully and to be certain you understand all terms of the contract. You should also identify any charges or fees you don’t understand and discuss them with the contractor. For example, if your contractor is providing the materials for your remodel or house addition, you should expect to see the cost of the materials, a fee for the contractor’s time making the necessary purchases, and related delivery fees. However, any surcharges for providing the service could be challenged. Discuss all fees that seem excessive to you. There may be a good explanation for them. If there isn’t a good explanation, challenge the charge. If the contract states any carrying charges for a time lapse between the time the contractor purchases materials and the time they will be used, negotiate a change in the terms of the contract that allows you to pay for the materials when they are purchased and pay for the installation labor when the work is complete.


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