TL;DR had a multi-thousand dollar roofing project done. During the quote I asked for a bit of extra work and the guy said ‘sure, it’ll be like an extra $10’. It ended up being an extra $50. I should just shut up and pay it, right?
A few weeks ago I got a quote for a new roof. While the guy was out there, I asked him if he could replace a few feet of fascia and trim, he said that it wouldn’t be a problem and that they would probably just tack on 5 or 10 dollars. Considering my time and cost, that was no problem for me. Especially considering the drip edge was going to totally cover the trim, to the point where I wasn’t going to be able to get at it, and also, I even mentioned that I really don’t care how they slap it up there (as long as it looks somewhat nice). In my words, 'They can just use their nail guns and shingle nails for all I care, I just need it to get done before the drip edge is done.
No problem he said, 5 or 10 dollars he said.
Got the final bill today, $50 or ‘replacing rotted fascia and trim’.
My first thought was to let him know that A)That’s considerably more than what I was quoted and B)they only replaced the trim, not the fascia (which probably wasn’t rotted, just needed some paint).
But then, as I thought about it, on an $8k project, is it worth saying anything about an extra $40? The extra $40 represents less than a half a percent, so it’s not that big of a deal, also, if he had said ‘yup, we can do that, it’ll probably be an extra $50 or so’, I’m sure I still would have agreed. He emailed me the final bill today and I thought about saying either ‘Hey, everything looks great, the extra charges are a bit more than you said they were, but I’m still happy with the outcome’ (or something like that), ‘the check will be in the mail tomorrow’, just to let him know I noticed OR directly saying that this was way more than he said it would be and also pointing out that they only replaced the trim and not the fascia, because, for all I know, the roofers said they did both and he doesn’t know any different, he wasn’t on the site while it was getting done.
OTOH, I don’t know anything about the roofing/construction industry. Maybe when he said ‘5 or 10 bucks’ in his head he was also thinking ‘plus labor’ and maybe it took someone an hour to do it.
I’ve certainly run into miscommunications (both from and to me) where one party mentioned a charge and the other party didn’t implicitly understand that there would be other charges along with that. When you’ve been in an industry so long, sometimes you forget that people not in that industry don’t know these things and need them explained.
My initial gut reaction was to say ‘hey buddy, that’s not what you said’, but as I thought it out, I realized that the $40 is basically nothing and they did to a good job, so it doesn’t really matter. OTOH, maybe he needs to know, maybe I’m getting billed for materials that someone took home and labor that was never done, as I said, it was only trim, no fascia.
Also, as I said, there’s a drip edge that totally hangs over the (raw) wood, I have no idea how to paint that. I can get at the exposed bottom edge, but that’s it. Any ideas?
This is the best picture I could find. I have a 1x6 fascia with a 1x2 trim running just under the shingle (which I think was supposed to act as the drip edge to begin with). The new aluminum drip edge is totally over the 1x2 trim. Since it’s basically not exposed to rain/snow, it’s probably fine, at least for a while. OTOH, my thought is just just get up there, tape off the new shingles and drip edge and spray it with some Kilz. That should keep it safe for quite a while. I have no idea how I’ll go about replacing it some day, though I assume the idea is to bend the drip edge back while working on it, but I’d rather not do that a week after getting it.
And while we’re at it, I’m curious as to if I can paint this? I was thinking about changing the trim color on my house (whole 'nother thread), but if I can’t paint (easily) the new white aluminum, I’m sort of locked into white fascia, which isn’t all bad, it’s one less decision I have to make going forward.
I’d like to just send out the check to him in the morning and be done with the project. Other than a few hiccups along the way, it went well and looks great so I don’t want to be ‘that guy’ that they have to hound for the money (and I want my lien release ASAP).
So, what say you? Just pay it, keep my mouth shut and move on?
Another option I have is that when he emailed me the bill he offered to pick up the check, I can certainly say something like ‘sure, that would be great, I haven’t had a chance to do a thorough walk around, maybe you could take a peek and make sure everything looks good, besides, I wouldn’t know what to look for’ or something like that. A bit passive aggressive, but it gets him out to the site and give me a chance to point out that, hey, they replaced like 10 feet of 1x2, is that really worth $50? (Of course, when people say similar things to me and I respond ‘well, YOU could do it’ they nearly always refuse and let me do it, so there’s that).