What's a good way to approach the situation where the contactor
overlooked something. I understand that a contractor cannot foresee
everything and that some unfortunate things will happen.
In my situation, the contractor put an outlet where it will become
inaccessible after a wall heating unit is mounted. The contractor was
familiar with the unit before the job was started. The wall is now
finished and painted and the whole thing just looks wrong.
It hard for me to imagine that the contractor would be willing to open
a small section the wall up, remove the electrical box and put in
another in a more appropriate place, retape and repaint. What can I do
here? Insist that he does it?
Also, in a situation like this, can the contractor say "well, you
didn't notice it either and you even told me you liked it's location".
Many thanks in advance!
why remove the existing one? if it wouldnt cause a problem forget
just install a new outlet at the better location.
the cost of labor to recover a cheap outlet just isnt worth it.
I have my own office machine service business, wierd stuff comes up.
its easiest to just eat the cost and move on............
for me its a no brainer
Yep. Just get a new outlet put in a better spot.
The contractor may offer to pay, or just not bill you. Or he may add.
But it's such a small thing, and something not from neglect or incompetence,
just not anticipating some specifics. I'd go with the flow on this one.
If the location was chosen by verbal description, I'd just ask him to
relocate it and pay whatever he bills you. If it was chosen by markings on
an accurate blueprint, he should accept the cost of the mistake
If it was my job. I spend a lot of time understanding exactly what the
customer wants. Some customers are deliberately vague, and I wouldn't touch
those jobs, but an isolated mistake, I would just eat the cost without
I have to disagree on this one. If it was clearly verbally
communicated and he put it in the wrong place, then the contractor
should correct it at his expense. That would be my opening postiion.
And I certainly wouldn't approach it by saying just do the re-work and
bill me whatever it costs. If you do have to pay for it, you want
the price set upfront. Don't make a second mistake.
Of course the problem is if it's not in writing, then it can be
difficult to prove who said what. Fortunately, what you're looking
at, adding another outlet, should be a relatively inexpensive fix.
If it was chosen by markings on
Have you tried talking to him? My hvac guy didn't connect the uptube from
the dryer to the rain cap that went through the roof. The roof was nearly
flat, so the only way to fix it was to open up the sheetrock on the ceiling.
I told him that I'd have the drywall guy do it on his pickup list. He said,
no, he screwed up, and he'd fix it. Opened it up, put in the pipe, fixed
the drywall, and painted it. No extra charge. I live in a part of the
country in a rural area where this is common to get and keep business. It
may be different where you are. But talking is the first step. Moving a
box is really no big deal.
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