I feel like the price was reasonable, but I am not sure. I called 4 electrical contractors to bid a panel upgrade. Was worth 00 since contractor needed to remove some concrete (sidewalk) for city's 200amp line to come into the house and fix some wiring not to up to code in the basement.
State License and bond, liability insurance, business license for the municipality and most importantly WORKERS COMP.
Saving a couple of bucks isn't worth the ultimate cost of liability. don't believe everything that people write on the web, check with your City yourself and read their fliers in the office/website and definitely check with the CSLB.
I think the flat rate charge of $3500.00 to replace and reattach from the panel up was excessive. We went with a 30 circuit panel that is now about 2/3rds full, so we have room to grow. they even put everything on the exterior of the house in PVC and the panel is nice and neat and well labeled.
Now I just have to wait for the inspector to come out, and once he approves wait for the power company (CL&P) to come out and and move the point of attachment from one side of the house to the other side of the house where the new weatherhead and meter area.
If a private electrician grounds those wires it could pull down many house, or if they were to drop the wires on someones house or accross the street their could be huge liability issues, and it could cost the homeowner money, and the electrician his license. GRM had everything done before the last guy who I called for an estimate even called me back. Though got a 125 amp panel 10 yrs ago for new furnace and A/C unit, had jury-rigged (not by me but by electrician) and split 2/3 of circuits through the years. it's also recessed in the home, the color patch on the stucco wasn't exact but, he told me that in the beginning. 951-675-0725I recently purchased my home that is about 50 years old with an outdated electrical panel that needs replacement. (my husband went bid crazy) We went with Mc Caa because he was the most professional and most importantly he was VERY helpful in explaining all our options.