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Old 06-07-2012, 10:25 AM   #1
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How many of you guys are charging a service/trip charge? I have been only charging a 1 hour minimum, but think I need to tack a trip charge on there too. Costs are just getting too high, and I need to find a way to cover the time for free estimates for folks who have no real plans to have anything done....
For those of you charging a trip charge that don't mind telling what it is.....good to get an idea of costs from around the globe. I am in the south, which means everything is lower...
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Old 06-07-2012, 10:58 AM   #2
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free estimates are rare for me. I can give the customer a ball park over the phone. With the mim and the worst case
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Old 06-07-2012, 12:10 PM   #3
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Costs are just getting too high, and I need to find a way to cover the time for free estimates.
Are you actually driving to a job and giving free estimates? I hope you don't do that, are you that hard up for work to whore your self out for free.

I charge $50 just to show up to look at work, If they want me to do the work then I will waive the $50 trip fee.

I will try to give a free estimate over the phone if it is possible.
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who in there right mind wants someone to come out to a flooding basement wade in the water. Than give them a quote for the repairs. Than on top of that not charge them.

Answer customers I don't need or want.
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Free estimates for repipes, sewer replacement and the like, are normal here. Not fer small stuff.
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Trip charge waived if I get the job (factored in).

Double my hourly rates if they want a consultants and extra if they want it drawn out. I will offer to sell them a code book with the pages highlighted for even more money.

Nothing in life is free and I will not lose money to give an estimate to every customer that wants to run down the yellow pages for quotes. Nothing over the phone, nothing with a legitimate price at least.
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Trip charge waived if I get the job (factored in).

Double my hourly rates if they want a consultants and extra if they want it drawn out. I will offer to sell them a code book with the pages highlighted for even more money.

Nothing in life is free and I will not lose money to give an estimate to every customer that wants to run down the yellow pages for quotes. Nothing over the phone, nothing with a legitimate price at least.
Just an observation. Sounds like a sellout move on the trade.
I don't have a trip charge, but estimates are billed as half hour straight time.
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Just an observation. Sounds like a sellout move on the trade.
I don't have a trip charge, but estimates are billed as half hour straight time.
What do you mean by sell out? You charge, I charge. By the way, I have yet to be Used for consultations for homeowners. It's just a nice way to let the home owner know that they will pay for my expertise, or find someone else.
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Pink, you got nowhere with that question. I charge a $25 service fee. (travel fee).
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We charge 1.5 hrs for the first hour

We also charge for estimates and we don't refund a dime

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