[quote=“ed the roofer”]
Somewhere on this board a person asked why the estimates aren’t broken down and several contractors said they never write them that way. And if a customer asked for one like that they would walk away from the job.
I know I will never have anything done on my house without an itemized estimate.[/quote]
That is not the type of itemization that was being discussed in the other thread.
Absolutely, the scope of work and potential costs of anything encountered should be mandatory in any contract.
The itemization that was being discussed and debated before, was, how much the felt would cost and how much the nails would cost and how much would the nails cost and so on and so forth for each individual line item.
That does NOT need to be broken out, so long as it is included in the scope of work.
Actually, you are incorrect. The itemization, or schedule-of-values, provides the owner with his costs according to the roofing contractor’s break-out.
In other words, a schedule-of-values wants you to list things like this:
Wood deck repair included in contract: $x.xx
Roofing material costs: $x.xx
Labor costs: $x.xx
Now in this example, if the tear-off cost was $1000, and the roofing material costs and labor were $2000, then you could clearly see that another layer of tear-off shouldn’t double the price. In fact, you could expect it to be no more than $500 given this example, since you will already have a dumpster and workmen on site.
So, no Ed. A breakdown is not wanting you to list how much you spent on every item, and how much you are charging for those items. Instead, it is to basically assign monetary values to phases of the work.