I am a CAD drafter for a small architectural firm and we
generally don’t charge for minor edits (i.e. positioning a ceiling fan,
adding an additional electrical socket, etc) if the house is larger than 3000 sq.ft.
I was working on a two storey home that had taken several weeks to properly zone, draft, and be approved.
Client: The house
is wonderful! But there are a few minor cosmetic changes I would like to make.
Me: No problem.
What exactly did you have in mind?
Client: Just a
few teensy tiny things…we sent them in an email.
Me: I’ll have a look and see what I can do!
What followed was a 10 page revision of the ENTIRE HOME,
including (but not limited to) changing it to a one storey house, changing the boundaries to a point
where it’s not even on their property anymore, and completely ridiculous additions
like “a tower for our beautiful princess.“
Me: I’m sorry, but none of these changes are "minor,” and a few of them are illegal.
Client: Oh come now, laws are made to be stretched! It’s only a few clicks in a computer program, how hard can it be?
Me: Thank you for
your business, this is an official termination of our working relationship.
Please do not contact us again.
Thank god our initial deposits and fees are