It’s a common misconception that once you receive a set of plans from an architect, they are your final set. For some, this may be the case, but in many instances for the electrical portion, those are just your starting off set, or boilerplate copy.
This is because there are so many decisions in the process that the architect is helping you make the major, structurally sound decisions, but wants to allow you time and space to make the detailed decisions further down the road and not all at once. We have literally received a set of plans to bid where there was one light in the center of each room. In our experience, that is not all that people normally want, so it’s important that the homeowner to be aware.
It’s our process to provide the electrical bid per the blueprints, but we also provide and exhaustive list of notes of things that are not on the plans and are items that many of our clients prefer so we list as a recommendation. This is really helpful to get a better idea of the exact electrical scope, so that you can avoid costly change orders further down the road.
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This leads me to my next point. When gathering electrical bids, it’s important to confirm you are looking at an apples to apples comparison. If one contractor is bidding to blueprint, but another is bidding off the discussed scope of upgrades and additions, the numbers won’t be comparable . We provide a detailed room by room quote so that you know exactly how many outlets, lights, etc., are included in our bid.
Are you starting a new project and would like a complimentary electrical review of your blueprints? Give us a call.