Dude this is a woodworking forum, why would anyone here be interested in AIA docs?
So, no I don't use AIA docs for anything that isn't architectural services and any way I like to use "dangerous contract language" makes me feel all naughty.
Unless my eyes are playing tricks on me the menu out front said "Going Pro". now the description on page one , paragraph 2 ,sub-section 3
said "Paperwork". Contracts are paperwork. AIA documents are not just for Architects. There for tin knockers, sparky's, carpenters, steel workers , and yes woodworkers. Some of us have two labels, furniture makers and Architectural woodworkers. I don't restrict what i do to furniture,if someone wants a lobby covered in veneered panels, I'm not proud, I'll do it. And sometimes we have to comply with AWI standards, and when that's in play, we have AIA documents flying around.
if anyone is considering "going pro" and you want to do business with a dollar value higher than 5k its a good idea to bone up on AIA documents. 5K in my state is the maximum recoverable dollar value in small claims. Sometimes....... you don't always get paid. And when that day comes I don't wanna be clutching a "not to exceed contract" in my hands.
Naughty or nice....be that as it may. You asked the question not me, "Am I the only one?". Yes..... yes, you are. A new guy just starting out thinking its ok to use not to exceed in the contract language to lull the client into a false sense of security that no matter what happens you will only be paying the stipulated amount, is flirting with disaster.
I can hear the conversation now, 'well mr customer here's my final draw on contract along with my request for payment and I have outlined all the extras that total $18,000.
"Well Mr woodworker I see your request and raise you one change order. Oh that's right you didn't submit those, because you don't use AIA doc's in the woodworking biz. So lets see , you don't have my signature on any document authorizing the changes to the prime contract , but I got your signature on the "not to exceed contract"..... You don't need me, to tell you, what happens next.
you used the words "scope of work" and "not to exceed " in a woodworking forum not me, and singled yourself out with "am i the only one" . I just answered your question sir the best way i know how. Yes, yes your are.
Ok, I'll see ya on the flip side over in Memphis.