Plumber material costs?
I hired a plumber to do the plumbing for my master bath remodel. We did a time + materials contract with a 'not to exceed' clause and the final cost ended up being more than the 'not to exceed' amount, but per the contract, the plumber only charged me for the 'not to exceed' amount.
The cost still seemed pretty high so I asked to see the materials list, which he provided. The materials seemed to be priced exorbitantly high. Are large mark ups on materials the norm in the industry? For example, some unit costs:
1.5" pvc 90 - $7.00
2.0" pvc 'Y' - $11.00
2.0" pvc 90 - $6.00
3.5' 1.5" pvc - $10.50
1/2" copper 90 - $5.00
I've done a lot of work with pvc plumbing aquarium systems so I know the cost of it is no where near the plumbers listed cost. There was also PEX and copper used in the project but I'm unfamiliar with what those pieces should cost.
Any insight into this would be helpful. Did my plumber pad the material costs to max out the contract?