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An apartment complex I have been working for has been purchased by a new owner. They have 800 sub-panels to replace and 30 meter banks to rebuild. The new owner ask me to be the Master Electrician on the job while his Electrical crew comes in and does the work. My job is to pull permits, inspect work and call for inspections. How do you charge for something like that?
 

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Yea, he caught me off guard with that request. Trying to screw me out of a lot of money I think...
 

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I'd tell him you can't be liable for someone else's work under your license and insurance.

If he has his own crew you know you won't get anymore work from him anyway unless he needs a permit. So I would tell him that either you do the work or you walk.
 

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If you need the work though I think there is a way to make it work. Not sure about your licensing in VA but you could just charge him an up front fee for the use of your license then everything else would be time charged. Don't warranty a thing though. Make it clear that your time will not be cheap either. Sounds like he's already got the cheap labor lined up.
 

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An apartment complex I have been working for has been purchased by a new owner. They have 800 sub-panels to replace and 30 meter banks to rebuild. The new owner ask me to be the Master Electrician on the job while his Electrical crew comes in and does the work. My job is to pull permits, inspect work and call for inspections. How do you charge for something like that?
My first question to you would be is, do you have the manpower to change 800 sub-panels and the 30 meter banks?

If so, quote him a price.

Second thing is, this would not be legal to do in Florida. The crew would need to be your employees.

With that said, if you wanted, you could hire his people, tack on a percentage of the payroll and work out something with the material and negotiate a price for your services as supervision.

If your guys do the work, you might make $200 per panel and $3000 per metercenter.
Maybe net $150-$250k
Or you can supervise and see if you can work out $100-$150k.

Close call but, dont just pull a permit and let them run with it.
If you dont get the work, you know some else took his offer.
 

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Don't sign a permit for someone else. Especially a dirt bag trying to short you from making a living.

I signed a permit for a friend who had written his test and was waiting for the results. I still wonder about that job. It was 30 years ago. :)

Never done it since, been asked often but my mind just can't handle that stuff.
 
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