I. We bid
a project to do the suspended grid ceilings, where
the bathrooms were shown to be hard lids. We didn't include
the bathrooms in our bid because we don't do hard lids, only
the suspended ceilings.
We won the bid and the general contractor sent us the contract.
While reading the contract, we came across the section that
called out the latest revision of plans and specs.
The dates and revisions were different from the set of plans
we had used to do our takeoff. Between the time we submitted
our bid and the time we received the contract, someone had
made some changes and the bathrooms were now to be suspended
grid ceilings, instead of hard lids.
Because of the changes made, our price was going to have
to increase. If we had not made note of the revision dates
of the plans we had used to do our takeoff, we would have
signed the contract as is, with our original bid amount and
no extra to cover the extra work.
We contacted the general contractor and explained that the
plans and specs listed in the contract were dated later than
the plans and specs we had used to do our takeoff and bid.
[It was the general contractor's error that caused us to not
have the most current set of plans and specs.]
The general contractor tried to "bully" us into
absorbing the cost for the additional work. Since it was their
mistake, they wouldn't be able to recoup any additional monies
from the Owner so they thought they'd get us to bear the burden.
We stuck to our guns and fortunately the general contractor
'saw the light', changed the contract price and we were on
our way. If they had not approved the increase in the contract
price, we wouldn't have done the job.
That could have cost them more than the additional monies
they would owe us to do the job, so they finally agreed.
scenario comes straight from "California Licensed Contractor",
which is published by the California Contractors State License
You win a contract only to find out, after signing that contract,
that the plans and specs that you used to do your takeoff
had been missing a page.
Even worse, the missing page causes your bid to have to
go up $100,000 higher than it was.
Because you signed the contract before catching this error,
you could be made to do the project at your, now known to
be too low, original price. Can your company afford to swallow
an error to the tune of $100,000? We can't, that's for sure!
Talk about finding yourself in the middle of a legal battle,