Home remodel run amuck
Our general contractor sent us a final bill for a $65k remodel job (siding, window replacement, gutters/downspouts a few other misc things). He was supposed to complete the work in 70 days and they are now 46 days over that contracted timeframe.
He has now sent us a final bill for the final drawn of $6700 plus and additional $6,200 in charges for things like "extra" time to put up "special pieces of siding" or time to insulate our new windows and time trim the new windows. Things we thought were included in normal installation of windows/siding. He also didn't complete some major contracted things such as putting on gutters/downspouts or removing an old furnace from the garage which requires the patching of the roof. Instead, he just deducted those amounts from the bill but oddly he's made up for it in the "extras" he's charged.
Our contract states any changes to the original contract must be in writing and agreed upon/signed by both parties. During the process he ran across a problem which cost us $7,800 and we signed a contract agreeing to that additional work. So he's followed the terms of the contract for other "extra" work, so why not these other items??
- When installing windows, he decided to order smaller windows resulting in more work to fix the opening. We were not told of his decision nor were we informed of the extra cost associated with it.
Is this typical to have to pay additional for insulating new windows or paying for additional labor as a result smaller windows? Again, we had NO idea he changed the size of the windows but even if we agreed, I would think that his original estimate should have reflected the cost of installation and if he had major problems, then he needed a change order signed by us for the additional work??
- When they sided, they used silver nails. You can see them everywhere and the stick out like a sore thumb on the white trim pieces. He said you just paint them but there are hundreds of them!
Is this typical to side using these nails or where they to do something to "cover" or disguise them? Or should they just be painted??
Also, he must have missed ordering certain siding pieces to complete the job (blocks for the light fixtures is just one example) is that typical to go after the homeowner to pay for such items? Our contract details out siding, shaker accents but we would have thought he would have ordered everything he needed to do the job. We were not informed he forgot pieces and just found out when we got the final bill.
-We were also billed for "Additional flashing, drip cap, style D flashing and gutter apron" I don't even know what those are.
Are they related to gutters/downspouts? If so, wouldn't this be included in his gutters/downspout quote?
Also, he also told us if he does the gutters he will damage the shingles which will also need repair. Does that typically happen when you put on new gutters? Our inspector told us we have 5...