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Is there a single generally accepted concept of per diem payments?

My definition, based on my admittedly limited experience, is that the per diem is paid as a lump sum, either up-front or after the fact, for [per diem amount * days worked] without regard to how much the recipient actually spends. What this company offers is reimbursement for actual expenses up to [per diem amount], with receipts required from the contractor/employee. [more inside]
posted by under_petticoat_rule on Jul 30, 2016 - 21 answers

Taking applications for Colonel and Major contractors too.

Looking for recommendations for general contractors in Portland. [more inside]
posted by furnace.heart on May 24, 2016 - 6 answers

Contracting after being laid off - would you do it? should I?

My CEO gave me a heads up that there's a coming crash crunch for our small company, and when it comes they won't be able to afford to keep me on staff. When I asked about the possibility of contracting, this was greeted with abundant enthusiasm, and my CEO is almost pushing me to go in this direction now. [more inside]
posted by forforf on Mar 19, 2016 - 13 answers

Contractor without Mandatory Binding Arbitration?

Is it even possible to find a contractor that will do home repairs without having a mandatory binding arbitration clause in the contract?
posted by slavlin on Mar 17, 2016 - 3 answers

What kind of contractor do I need to prevent this water damage?

We recently had water from new landscaping seep into our home and destroy our lower-level floors. What kind of contractor do we need to hire to make sure this doesn't happen again? [more inside]
posted by YoungAmerican on Feb 1, 2016 - 5 answers

How can I get back my self employment tax?

I spent almost all of 2015 working full-time for a big company through a temp agency, but the temp agency misclassified me as a contractor. This means that I'm on the hook for self employment tax, which is 7.65% of the year's income! I'd like to avoid paying that tax. What's the best way to do it? [more inside]
posted by dadaclonefly on Jan 29, 2016 - 9 answers

Multiple interviews in one week... How to handle current job?

Hi all! Around 6 months ago, I took on a contracting/freelance (they use the terms interchangeably) position at a large company. Sadly, they have no intention on making the position permanent for any of the contractors in our department; this is in addition to me feeling the company isn't the right fit for me. As a result, I've started applying to other jobs. It's going surprisingly well and I've nailed down two interviews thus far... the problem, you may ask? How the heck do I get time away from my existing job? [more inside]
posted by theshmeek on Jan 8, 2016 - 13 answers

What kind of yard person do I need?

We're looking to have our front yard re-done, and I'm not sure what type of person we need to hire. There are a variety of things that need to be done, and I'd like a single person to oversee it all, but I'm not sure what those people call themselves so I don't know what to search for. [more inside]
posted by primethyme on Jan 6, 2016 - 11 answers

Bathroom sink countertop flood, Why???

Almost all of the apartment bathroom sink countertops drain away from the sink and toward the back of the countertop where it meets with the mirror, creating a puddle of standing water every time I use the sink. 1st, out of scientific curiosity, I seriously need to know why do contractors do this time after time? Why wouldn't they create a slope and non-projecting sink basin that allows splashed water to drain toward the sink instead of away from it, like this: ? 2nd, what can I do to counteract this effect? Build a plastic moat around the sink? I've already tried not splashing so much when washing my face, but the sink is small and it is inevitable. Thanks!
posted by Arachnophile on Nov 7, 2015 - 9 answers

Noobie contractor : question about questions edition

Hi mefites! When you start a new role where part of the brief is that you absolutely must hit the ground running and be extremely autonomous – what are the questions you would ask in your first few days to give yourself an understanding of how that company works? [more inside]
posted by mrmulliner on Oct 28, 2015 - 10 answers

Am I crazy or are they purposely ignoring me?

I feel insane for even posting about this, but my (ever-so-slight) anxiety is getting the best of me! Around two months ago, I accepted a job with a great company. It is what they are calling a "W2 contractor" position. So, I'm a W2 employee where they take care of deducting taxes from my paycheck for me, but I don't receive any health benefits, PTO, etc. etc. I'm paid hourly, and my hourly wage is well above the norm, I'm guessing to help offset the lack of benefits. Some weeks I work 40 hours, others I work 15 or so... it depends on the workload available. Essentially, it's kind of like being a part time employee. [more inside]
posted by theshmeek on Oct 16, 2015 - 5 answers

I need an itemized list of all the steps of building a house.

We're finally building a house! As owner-builders, we need to communicate with contractors about the scope of the work for which we are requesting estimates. We know generally what we want, but need the language for communicating with folks in the trade. [more inside]
posted by sibilatorix on Oct 11, 2015 - 19 answers

How do we survive an extensive home remodel?

We just bought a new house. Yay! It needs a LOT of work. Boo. How do we make it through the next year with our sanity intact? [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky on Sep 2, 2015 - 15 answers

Middleman when contractor and vendor disagree?

The edges of both cabinets next to the dishwasher have swollen and expanded from steam coming out of the dishwasher. They were only installed a couple of months ago. But who pays for the new cabinets: the contractor who installed the cabinets & dishwasher, or the appliance store who sold us the dishwasher (which leaked the steam that made the cabinets swell)? And who can cut this Gordian Knot of personalities for me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 31, 2015 - 6 answers

How to handle very expensive bill?

Received an incredibly expensive plumbing bill for two hour's worth of work. Can I negotiate this down? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis on Aug 14, 2015 - 32 answers

Who fixes my garage floor?

What tradesman would I call to fix a busted (not just cracked) on-grade slab concrete floor in my garage? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Jul 23, 2015 - 6 answers

WHAT is this anti-war comedy film I am thinking of??

There is a movie I saw in the mid-2000s that I am trying to find again, and I am having trouble with every kind of search I've been using. [more inside]
posted by parkbench on Jun 10, 2015 - 3 answers

Good home owner repair web forums?

Hi, I'm looking for suggestions on good home owner repair forums (DIY or contractor). Just need to ask some general questions such as: [more inside]
posted by thankyoumuchly on Jun 7, 2015 - 5 answers

Do I pay my contractor for bringing in a plumber without consulting me?

I recently had some renovations done to my apartment. The contractor was doing work in the bathroom, and was having an issue with the drain — on occasion it drains very slowly and needs to be cleaned out. [more inside]
posted by helios410 on Jun 1, 2015 - 10 answers

Atlanta MeFites: Contractor recommendations required!

I know the green isn't necessarily awesome at local stuff like this, but i've posted elsewhere and thought it couldn't hurt. The lovely pourtant and I are about to purchase a home in Grant Park that needs some renovations. After dealing with dudebro inspectors, we've both had enough of the "women, theyre secretly in control and a handful, amirite??" awfulness and are hoping to find some women-owned businesses to give our money to instead. [more inside]
posted by softlord on May 18, 2015 - 6 answers

Should I use a general contractor for home repairs (not renovation)?

I just bought a 100-year old house in Seattle. The inspector had pointed out various things that need fixing with regard to the structure, plumbing, electrical, and heating systems. A very rough estimate for all of the important fixes put together would run about $20-30K, which is OK. I'm also OK with waiting a couple months before moving in to get the bulk of these repairs done. But I've never owned a house before and don't really know where to start. Should I use a general contractor to get these things done? [more inside]
posted by splitpeasoup on May 13, 2015 - 7 answers

How do I handle a contract consultant who submitted bills VERY late?

A contract consultant who has been working for my business just submitted invoices and expenses that are very, very overdue. He submitted hours incurred 4-6 months ago and expenses that stretch back to 2013. With this latest bill, my business partner expressed his frustration and asked me what we should do. Has anyone else had to deal with such a situation? [more inside]
posted by scottso17 on Apr 8, 2015 - 18 answers

Advice needed on house heater replacement and NJ clean energy incentive

Share your experiences with heater replacement and home energy audit rebates. We are in the process of vetting contractors to replace our home heater - an oil to gas conversion - and one of them is proposing some home energy remediations, citing saving by taking advantage of NJ's clean energy program. [more inside]
posted by 8dot3 on Mar 25, 2015 - 2 answers

Contractor said county might baloon my renovation to 4x cost!

I'm looking at buying a house that is too small, but has an upstairs attic room that I thought could be renovated--adding a long shed dormer along the back and extending the wall to a 3' knee. Whether or not I can make the changes at a reasonable cost will determine whether I want to buy the house. I talked to a contractor and he said costs depend on the county. [more inside]
posted by brenton on Mar 10, 2015 - 15 answers

Ice Dam Leak

Dear husband asked for advice about our ice dams last week. Our entreaties were ignored by the Ice Lord and we have a full on leaky ice dam that has really messed up our first floor bathroom ceiling and probably more. What now? Three specific questions inside. [more inside]
posted by Calamity Jen on Feb 9, 2015 - 4 answers

Cost range for building small guesthouses?

Has anyone built a guesthouse/in-law suite/studio on their property? [more inside]
posted by ohsnapdragon on Jan 12, 2015 - 6 answers

As a contractor, do my taxes depend on where my payments get sent?

You are not my accountant. I am a 1099 contractor that works for a consulting company. I am meeting with my accountant next week to form an LLC for 2015. I will be getting paid for the month of December at around the same time. I will open a separate bank account for the corporation, but I will not be able to do it in time to have my first 2015 payment deposited into it, so it will get sent to my personal bank account as it does now. Will this cause any problems in 2016 when I'm doing my 2015 taxes? Or does it not really matter? [more inside]
posted by alligatorman on Dec 31, 2014 - 5 answers

Hindsight is 20/20

Please help me deal with the aftermath of a disastrous remodeling job. [more inside]
posted by bendy on Oct 18, 2014 - 10 answers

Retirement planning for the W2 contractor

Independent contractor, working for several recruiting firms as a W2 employee, but on a contract-by-contract basis (so my employer may change once or twice a year). Can I do pre-tax withholding for retirement if these employers don't have a 401k (of any kind)? [more inside]
posted by ASoze on Jul 10, 2014 - 2 answers

Invoices and payment processor for low-transaction contractor?

My new boss apparently prefers to use more convenient and/or flexible methods to pay me, an independent contractor (web dev). He suggested I invoice him through PayPal the first time he paid me. I have a general dislike of PayPal, and I like automation, so I'm trying to decide on a payment processor or other method of billing that can take the same money sources as PayPal. [more inside]
posted by WasabiFlux on Jun 28, 2014 - 6 answers

Work with an unlicensed contractor

I've taken some estimates for work on my large deck that will involve mostly painting, some replacing trim, and replacing some rotten joists and boards. A contractor who comes well recommend from similar work by neighbors gave a quote, but he is not licensed and bonded. A contractor who we have worked with in the past and has done good work for us, who is licensed and bonded, gave us a quote for twice as much. It's a significant amount of money. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 27, 2014 - 11 answers

How do I get my contractor to finish the renovation job I paid him for?

Almost three months ago, I hired a friend of mine to do about $18k worth of renovations to my condo, $4k of which is labour. However, I made the mistake of paying him in advance, and after I paid the last instalment, he started making excuses for why he couldn't arrive on the site to finish the work (it's about 90% done). The project, originally estimated at two or three weeks, is now two months behind schedule. [more inside]
posted by xekul on Jun 17, 2014 - 12 answers

Is there such a thing as an On-Call IT Contractor (in Los Angeles area)?

I'm helping my friend grow his small business. Things are going great except that we're at the awkward stage where we're too busy for me and the ops manager to handle the internal IT and Web stuff anymore, but can't quite justify hiring someone to take it over full time. I'd like to hire someone to be our on-call IT guy. Pay them a small retainer, and get billed by the hour. [more inside]
posted by Anoplura on May 5, 2014 - 11 answers

What's my recourse?

I hired a marine contractor in Rhode Island to build a pair of centerboards for my boat ($12k). They were delivered 3 months late and didn't fit. I was very clear about the dimensions, yet the builder's designer altered the shape without consulting me. They've admitted fault in emails and in person, apologized, yet won't make the situation better. They offered a refund if I pay shipping charges to/from, customs and excise, and any damages. I don't feel I should pay $2k out of pocket and end up with nothing. What do I do to get justice? Report them to the Better Business Bureau? Hire a lawyer? Go to court or arbitration? Say mean things about them and buy a voodoo doll? Am I entitled to damages beyond the $12k? Any advice welcome.
posted by karst on Apr 13, 2014 - 6 answers

Contractor recourse

You all were very helpful with my last rennovation issue (which was resolved, thank you). Here is the lastest. Our major house addition/rennovation had several allowances built in, which I believe is normal and makes sense. For example, our electrical allowance was $15,000. The project is now done and my contractor tells me now that we exceeded our allowance by $14,000?! [more inside]
posted by Blackcow167 on Apr 10, 2014 - 16 answers

How do we contractor?

We are buying a house -yay! But the house needs renovation work done - eek! While we have previously owned a house, it was 10 years ago, in another state, and never had any major renovations. We are scheduled to close on April 30, so we are trying to figure out what kinds of professionals we need and how to find/hire them. [more inside]
posted by DiscourseMarker on Mar 30, 2014 - 15 answers

Questions on Bizarre W-2

I was filing my taxes online when I saw my W-2 was extra confusing. The online tax website even flagged the data I entered saying there were probably errors. I'll talk with my employer about this if necessary, but is it actually invalid information or just unusual circumstances? I've provided all the information I could think was relevant. [more inside]
posted by Green With You on Mar 23, 2014 - 3 answers


I am thinking of going to vendor/contractor from full time. [more inside]
posted by Greenlight2b on Jan 31, 2014 - 4 answers

Can my ex withhold work that I've already paid for?

YANML. TINLA. What are the possible legal ramifications of a contractor accepting payment for work, but refusing to deliver the completed (or partially completed) work once the business relationship is terminated? Possible complication: the contractor is a soon-to-be-ex-spouse. [more inside]
posted by justonegirl on Nov 30, 2013 - 5 answers

I'm looking for contractors for retaining wall repairs in Minneapolis.

I'm getting estimates for repairs to a retaining wall in south Minneapolis; the web's awash in listings, but I'm hoping that some MeFites have worked with and had good experiences with some contractors they could recommend. The wall in question is about 10 feet high and holding up my neighbor's yard, so this is more of a structural thing than a cosmetic thing.
posted by COBRA! on Nov 15, 2013 - 0 answers

My new roof is leaking (I think). Who do I call first?

My roof was replaced a year ago, due to hail, paid for by my insurance company and performed by a local contractor. This morning, in heavy rain, I see fresh water-tracks down a wall of my bathroom. I'm not sure who to call, or how to get all my ducks in a row prior to calling. [more inside]
posted by jackbishop on Oct 30, 2013 - 10 answers

My church, my taxes and me

I think my employer is doing something shady. I think it affects me. I am really upset and I don't know what to do. It's a tax question with an emotional backstory. [more inside]
posted by Biblio on Oct 11, 2013 - 20 answers

Part of hardwood flooring is damaged. How to fix it or who to call?

I have hardwood flooring. Part of it got messed up by dye leaking into it, another part seems to have dark stains that I think may have been caused by drink spillage. I need to fix it ASAP. Are these things I can fix myself easily, or should I call a contractor? And if I do, what type of contractor/which one should I call? [more inside]
posted by corb on Sep 10, 2013 - 8 answers

How much should an editor of an online publication be paid?

If I want to hire an editor to manage the blog for my ad-driven website, how much should the pay be if it's full-time? What about part-time? Other than creating and managing content, managing writers (and bringing on new ones), and promoting the blog and the site on social media, is there anything else I should list in a online editor's duties? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 20, 2013 - 4 answers

First time self employed - what can be deducted? Therapy, bike, health?

Hello! I am an independent contractor (1099 Misc form) for the first time in my life and need some tax advice as the budget is a bit tight! Therapy, acupuncture, bicycle, insurance, computer, etc. How do deductions work? [more inside]
posted by Danah_78 on Jul 2, 2013 - 15 answers

I think I got ripped off by contractor - need a reality check.

Is it normal for a concrete contractor to charge more than the price quoted because he needed to use more materials than he thought he would? [more inside]
posted by miaou on Jun 28, 2013 - 29 answers

Legal and Tax Ramifications of Paying Subcontractors

I've been doing a fair bit of freelance work, and it's to the point now that I have to sub out certain tasks that are outside my area of expertise. I don't want to make my clients cut multiple checks if I can avoid it–want them to just deal with me to keep it simple and neat. However, I do not want to be on the hook for income that is actually going to a sub. What to do? [more inside]
posted by Mister_A on May 17, 2013 - 20 answers

When is the best time to hire a certain kind of contractor?

Is there a financially advantageous way to hire a contractor based on the season? [more inside]
posted by st starseed on May 5, 2013 - 10 answers

Architect versus contractor

We're planning a kitchen renovation for our century-old house this summer and have been working with an architect who has so far given us a kitchen layout and rough design. We're now getting quotes from general contractors. The GC we met with last night, who we've worked with before and trust, said further work by the architect will be a waste of money because the progress of the project will depend on how construction goes. Is he right? [more inside]
posted by chickenmagazine on Apr 24, 2013 - 11 answers

Are there alternatives to Coolwall Paint? How much are we talking (in L?

I had someone through Costco come out to our house to give a quote on painting the house with Coolwall paint. It wasn't a quote just for the paint, but for all the prep work, repairs in our stucco, and the trim. We don't live in a large house--it's less than 1,400 square feet. He extolled the benefits of this paint. It's highly reflective and thus reduces damage to the paint, and also keeps the house cooler in the summer. The way the guy went on about it, it's a miracle product. He quoted $18,600 to prep and paint our house with this stuff. Again, it's through Costco and has a lifetime warranty. And they don't strip off the existing paint or stucco--they repair it, bond it, and paint right over it. Are there similar alternatives that would cost much less? [more inside]
posted by rybreadmed on Apr 14, 2013 - 13 answers

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