Hello, this is sort of part 2 of a recent post. I'm that owner/builder
who is building a house that employs a lot of commercial techniques. I
finally got a formal estimate from an engineer: 90 hrs @ $100 per hour.
I thought I was going to save a bunch of money by doing all the labor
myself, but now I'm facing a big engineering bill.
I've never employed an engineer before, hence my question. I realize
these guys have to wait for clients to come to them, and that he
probably doesn't make $100 x 40 x 52 = $208K per year, but still I want
to get a good rate.
This is a rural area in NC. I have maybe 3 engineers in the area to
choose from --many more in a city about 30 miles away. I will be
calling some of those with my story on Monday, but I want to hear from
non-engineers as well what they think.
What bothers me too is that the contract is rather open ended as far as
what can be billed. Understood --who can predict what the building
dept will require down the road. I guess being able to stomach the
risk goes with the territory.