Originally posted by swoosh81
over the last 10 years there has been a big push in flat rate pricing. most of us are on the same page here. we don't use it and the contractors that do use it base their hourly at 2-3 times the going hourly rate. the contractor did not even give him an estimate or price. no change order. all of which is against the laws of contracting here in calif. if this ends up in court, a judge would cut this in half, no questions asked. the state contractors board would probably cite the contractor. we are required to either have a change order on the original contract or give a price that stipulates the charges. then there is a 3 day period the owner can renig on the contract unless he signs his rights away as in an emergency. none of which was done.
i for one don't get into this situation as most of my work is time and materials or a contract price based upon a reasonable estimate of actual materials and labor.
not sure if you as electricians are the same, but this has come up many times here in the plumbing forums.