Groundwork & Foundations Question

Builder under-estimated skip size needed for an excavation

I'm in a dispute with my builder where I've paid up front for him to excavate earth from the back of my garden. In his quote he stated that all waste soil to be disposed of by hire of a skip.

So he orders an average sized skip when really he should have ordered a really big one like a 12 yarder, even though I verbally said to him it's too small. So he fills up the whole skip, but a 1/3 of the amount is still in the back of my garden. Now he is saying that it is my responsibility to clear the rest myself as he claims he's fulfilled his side of a job by saying he's provided a skip and filled it up.

So who's in the right and who's in the wrong? We're in a dispute over this.

2 Answers

It all comes down to what is on his quote. It's a tough one as not many would put down the size of the skip they will use but would get one big enough for the job!! If he has stated to remove all earth then that is what he should have done! He has underestimated how much there is and has obviously priced the job tight and can't afford to get another skip. Was it the cheapest quote by chance??!!

Answered 26th Sep 2013

R.Hughes Building and Conservation Ltd

Member since 25 Feb 2009

R Hughes is correct. If the quote states ALL waste then this is the builder's problem!! As always the cheap quote has gone tits (presumably he was cheap and talked the talk 😊). I spend a lot of time trying to justify REAL prices only to be undermined by these numpties. It will be impossible for you to know how much your job will come in at when you employ one of these types. No doubt near the real price with a lot of friction along the way. I couldn't work like this, but I do get calls to sort their crap out :)

Answered 27th Sep 2013

Roc builders

Member since 25 Aug 2011

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