I hired someone to do some demolition of my house, tear down wood
paneling, remove existing doors, wall paper, old linoleum floor,
carpets etc... and part of it included ripping down all tiled and
mirror walls in four bathrooms.
He gave me an estimate and we signed a contract.
Now he is in the middle of demo of the bathrooms, and bear in mind the
house is over 30 years old, all the bathrooms are tiled from floor to
ceiling, every inch of it. I believe he assumed these to be drywall or
cement board with tiles over it, just rip them out. Now we found out
these are very thick thinset or stucco (almost three inches thick)
with wire mesh in them. Obviously this makes it harder to remove than
just sheet rock or cement boards, it also add quite a bit of debris to
be processed and disposed of.
He asked me about adjusting the contract price to account for this.
I thought this is fair because it is added work, but a part of me
thought he should have investigated more before he provided an
estimate to me, since I was going to gut the place, I gave him plans,
dimensions, I invited him to punch holes in ceilings and walls
anywhere he wants, I told him he can rip up carpets to see if
something else is underneath, anything he needs to know ahead of time
he is free to probe, so he should take part of the responsibility.
Now the question is, how do you come up with a fair adjustment? How
much added work is involved in demolition of four bathrooms - thick
thick thinset stucco wire mesh versus sheet rock?