Little jobs other than the contract

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10/22/2012 at 1:25:10 AM

I want to ask the contractors what to do when the client ask me to do those small jobs other than the contract.

For example. if I am renovating the bathroom the customer asks me nicely to hand the mirror or painting etc. The problem is not hanging the mirror. The problem starts when they keep asking you to do those small jobs that are not written in the contract. So what should I do?

Another thing, that bothers me the most is that some home owners like to stand all the time when contractor are doing their job. Is it ok to tell them that they should leave and let me do my work?

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Jeff from Newson Interiors in Dunrobin
Date/Time10/25/2012 at 10:47:12 PM


It seems like you have to take a good look at the wording of the terms and conditions of your contracts. The following is the clause that I have in my contract that addresses this.

6) Customers covenant noninterference: The client shall not attempt to direct workers on the site, exclude them from the site, demand work from them, remove the permit from the site, or interfere in any way with the contractors work.

There are many contract terms and condition documents available online that can be tailored to your own situation.

Hope this helps,


Jeff Newson,

Newson Interiors.

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Syed Painting & Handyman Services in Brampton
Date/Time10/26/2012 at 12:33:47 AM

This is very helpful. Thank you, Jeff.

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Kerry from Tucks Contracting in Calgary
Date/Time11/3/2012 at 12:40:25 PM


Usually I have in the contract that any extra work will require a change order in which extra charges will apply, if work is conducted outside the scope of the contracted work. I also review with the customer the safety rules of the work site, which includes a section that while work is being conducted the client shall not interfere with the worker unless an emergent situation should arise.

I base how the contract will be written up depending upon the type of work being done. The larger the job, with the more components, the more detailed the contract. If it is a small job, working in only one are, then the contract is less stringent. This is where a little PR helps, and may generate more work.

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