Chapter Corner

Paul Goldsmith

Improving Change Order Approval and Acceptance

It is no mystery to any electrical, or other specialty, trade contractor that submitting change orders for acceptance and prompt payment can be a significant challenge and can negatively impact your profitability on a project. Recently, after publishing a report on change orders, a number of subcontractor associations have started promoting to the construction industry a set of change order standards that may help the submittal and approval process. While this is not a magic bullet set of standards, it does present a consistent and logical methodology to back up change requests. By using these updated standards, the subcontractor community has an opportunity to educate and gain acceptance with general contractors, engineers, and owners.