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Ventana Construction LLC added this to Contractor Fees, Demystified
Transportation. Before building can be started, materials and people must arrive at your home. A contractor’s vehicles may be a part of that delivery process, and do everything from delivering materials to hauling away debris, dirt and concrete. Contractors may rent large equipment like backhoes and dump trucks (which require additional insurance coverage) or own them. Employees may even drive their own trucks for work, but contractors usually add insurance for those “nonowned autos” working on their behalf, and sometimes pay employees by the mile when they drive for work. The upside for homeowners is that there is potentially a whole fleet of vehicles working for them, and many companies cover some or all of their costs with markup.
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“What kinds of overhead costs are you paying for through these fees, and how do those benefit homeowners as well as contractors?” — Anne HigueraI must admit a bias; I am the sister of a contractor. One thing I’ve learned from Clark, my brother, is never to jump on the lowest bid, because if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is, and you’ll wind up getting what you pay for — a badly executed job. Higuera lists some of the primary costs included in the markup fees, which will make you feel infinitely better about spending the money. These expenses benefit you — they’re for things like well-trained and insured workers, and an organized and well-supported contractor who will be able to keep your project on schedule.Full story: Contractor Fees, Demystified: