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#33094 - 01/12/04 07:43 PM Extra's $$$$$ ?????
Heatwave Offline

Registered: 01/05/03
Posts: 11
Loc: Maryland
I am wondering as a small electrical contractor, what you other guys are charging your customers(resedential) for adds and changes. I find myself playing the nice guy too often and either not charing for small adds or changes or only charging like $10 to add a receptacle even though there are already way more than necessary.Thanks for any responses..

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#33095 - 01/12/04 09:11 PM Re: Extra's $$$$$ ?????
nesparky Offline

Registered: 06/21/01
Posts: 650
Loc: omaha,ne
Any adds or changes should be priced as what they are ---- Extra work or a change order if during a current contract. Price them the same way you do when you bid for a job.
If there is no current contract at that location then you need to price them as a service call.
If you wat to stay in business you have to make a profit. It does not have to be a large profit but it must cover more than your bare costs.

#33096 - 01/13/04 04:21 AM Re: Extra's $$$$$ ?????
sparky Offline

Registered: 10/18/00
Posts: 5545
nice guys finish last Heatwave.

if you contract by the opening , then you should extra by the same

people will extra a soft touch to death...


#33097 - 01/13/04 05:01 PM Re: Extra's $$$$$ ?????
arseegee Offline

Registered: 01/28/02
Posts: 321
Loc: Statesboro, GA USA
For resi i charge regular price if its added while were on the job at roughin stage. If its a special trip they get charged a service call ($50) plus the outlet price. For a move or remove, $50 per outlet once the conductors are landed.

For commercial, $75 to write the extra/change order and good ol' t&m to do it.

#33098 - 01/13/04 05:51 PM Re: Extra's $$$$$ ?????
Roger Offline

Registered: 05/18/02
Posts: 1779
Loc: N.C.
As the others have said, you work to make a living and a buck. This is not easy in many cases today, and to charge a fair but profitable price for your service is not unfair to the customer.

To not charge a fair and profitable price is unfair to yourself, and more importantly, unfair to your family.


#33099 - 01/13/04 06:08 PM Re: Extra's $$$$$ ?????
HotLine1 Offline


Registered: 04/03/02
Posts: 6792
Loc: Brick, NJ USA
Rogers words are gospel!

You also may be giving your customers the thought that you 'charged to much' for the regular work, and they will beat you up more.

The resi guys that I know MAKE THERE MONEY on extras that the HO's want on new work. The builders are real tight, and resi is very competitive here. (I don't do resi, only comm)

Do I give my comm clients a 'break'? Occasionally a 'good will' jesture, but I have 4 guys to pay, insurance, etc. and I have to make a living also.


#33100 - 01/13/04 08:53 PM Re: Extra's $$$$$ ?????
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Registered: 01/05/03
Posts: 11
Loc: Maryland
Thanks for all replies fellas. I am at the stage where I have a lot of work and not enough qualified help and all the " oh I forgot to tell you about " adds and changes are keeping me from keeping up with customer demand. I am learning to try and charge accordingly for extras and the like.


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