Welcome to the real world.
Change orders are a fact of life.
Change orders cost money.
Change orders enhance the contractor's bottom line, if the contractor
is running the business correctly.
How long do you suppose it would take (in actual hours) to "administer" one
more ceiling fan into the equation? We're not talking about doing the actual
installation. We're talking about paperwork.
So, how long?
Contractors do not charge for paperwork directly. That point would be moot.
When I spec'd a home with a builder I demanded plywood subflooring and
stated I would pay the cost. He told me some outrageous figure that was
about twice what I would pay for just the plywood without any rebates or
compensation for the OSB board not used.
I agreed to pay it and then was told,
"We don't build that way, anyway. Go elsewhere, is you want that". I did.
As Lew stated, this is where the contractors make their money...not on
competitive specs. Hurts, but when you do it, you will too.
..and that is OK in your book?
To each his own but for the inconvenience of doing it differently (for
I disagree with Lew, that if your total margins are going to be
expected to come from your extras, you're doing it wrong. Extras are
an inconvenience and shouldn't cost a builder money (including his
normal margins)..... but as a profit centre I think it is wrong.
Now if a client's changes become such that it starts to infringe upon
the availability of the shop space and manpower to move onto the next
project, hit them hard with 'discouragement fees'.
"should" being the key word there.
You are too nice to your customers. You still want business later...LOL
To elaborate on my comment to Lew...... A quote should already include
a percentage for contingencies. A stain change.... a reputation is
worth more than those few bucks you can maybe squeeze out of client.
Industrial business is a different story.
$750 for your contractor.
Since I would have to acquaint myself with the job, I'd want $2K as an
inspection fee, then could give you an educated guess, but $750 seems
a little light, especially since I detest paperwork.
Admittedly, I've been assuming that before he added another ceiling fan,
there was already a plan place for a box in that same position, to service a
light. In this case, the wiring would be the same. If not, then the $350
charge makes some sense.
Also had all lighting/fans been purchased?
The guy needs to return an existing fixture and pick up a fan, that
costs money, in addition to paperwork, time for the client to pick out
the fan they want assuming they aren't all the same or worst case a
special order style. Too many questions.
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