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Who is responsible for measuring and estimating a renovation project?

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Posted by: from Kitchener
1/29/2017 at 9:31:10 PM

If a company finds a job and hires a subcontractor to do the project who is responsible to go in and measure and estimate the job?

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Spencer from ONE94 in Hamilton
Date/Time1/29/2017 at 10:57:21 PM

Hi Jose,

It depends on the work being subcontracted. Everyone has their specialties and their list of things they sub out to companies that specialize in those trades. Most subcontractors will measure their job so that they can purchase the appropriate amount of materials and quote the job accurately.

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Jose in Kitchener
Date/Time1/29/2017 at 11:30:13 PM

Thank you guys for the reply. I currently have my own flooring business and many times customers ask what else I can do. I like to stick to flooring but wouldn't mind making extra cash for finding reliable contractors to do the work. If other of you have another website with helpful tips and information I do appreciate that.

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Date/Time1/30/2017 at 8:34:50 AM

Pretty simple answer to your question Jose, you say you have a flooring company, does your installer measure your prospects or you?

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Date/Time1/30/2017 at 8:40:23 AM

There are two fold one if the G.C can explain to subcontractor the full scope work with the measurement and sub contractor can understand then sub contractor can price it. Most of the Renovation work can be on this way. However, the sub contractor has to take the measurement before he start working.

The second one is complicated renovation where, the sub trade has to visit and take the measurement before he price it.

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Date/Time1/30/2017 at 11:08:23 AM

If the company (a General contractor) who has a signed contract with the homeowner hires subs - and that company is paying the subs, not the homeowner - then that is clear - the sub has a responsibility to the General Contractor and that is between them, but the homeowner paid the GC, and therefor the GC runs the job, and is responsible for all the aspects that are going through him, regardless who makes the mistake.

Otherwise, what is the point of a General Contractor, if they aren't going to run the site an take responsibility. This is what they get paid for, to manage the site and do work themselves that they are able to, when they can't, they have a pool of subs to call upon. If the homeowner had to deal with each and every sub, then the homeowner is managing the job and therefor is responsible for it all.

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Date/Time1/30/2017 at 11:08:26 AM

If the company (a General contractor) who has a signed contract with the homeowner hires subs - and that company is paying the subs, not the homeowner - then that is clear - the sub has a responsibility to the General Contractor and that is between them, but the homeowner paid the GC, and therefor the GC runs the job, and is responsible for all the aspects that are going through him, regardless who makes the mistake.

Otherwise, what is the point of a General Contractor, if they aren't going to run the site an take responsibility. This is what they get paid for, to manage the site and do work themselves that they are able to, when they can't, they have a pool of subs to call upon. If the homeowner had to deal with each and every sub, then the homeowner is managing the job and therefor is responsible for it all.

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Date/Time1/30/2017 at 11:11:24 AM

Hi Jose,

The general contractor is responsible for all estimates from all sub trades. The subcontractor will definitely measure up all material that he is responsible for. Bottom line the general contractor is responsible.

Jeff Shea at All - In Renovations. Calgary Alberta

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Date/Time1/30/2017 at 11:30:11 AM

Hi Jose,

If you are doing flooring then better to stick to flooring as your speciality and expertise, say if its a bath or kitchen renovation your knowledge may be very limited and you don't want to have full responsibility for a small fraction of $$ that you want to make.

If I were you I would let the sub trade come with you and go over everything with him let him do all measuring, check the job site and come with a number for you then from here you can go 2 routes give customer direct his contact and ask your sub to add some points for referrals, so you make money and "0" responsibility OR you get a number from sub and then add your points under your name and take the contract. In this case if any liability or issues occur then you would be directly responsible. Choice is your to make.

Hope this helps.

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Jose in Kitchener
Date/Time1/30/2017 at 11:51:18 AM

Thank you all. Thank you nitin. I'm going to meet with my sub contractor today and go through a basement project. He will take care of everything else except for tiles laminate and shower.

All your answers were helpful. Thank you again, I appreciate it very much.

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Date/Time1/30/2017 at 10:47:21 PM

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