With the raising cost of EVERYTHING, I'm now charging for Quotes/Proposals.
It's a service to the perspective client and I don't know too many people
that will come to your home and perform a service for nothing!
I've been thinking about this for some time now, well, I feel now is the
Anyone else think this is a good/bad idea?
Have you thought about it or have a similar plan for marketing?
What do ya think?
(Pro's or Con's)
"Quote/Proposals" or what ever you want to call it I would not pay for.
Would you pay the contractor a fee that came over to give a "Quote/Proposal"
on your home to replace your windows with more efficient ones? Would you pay
the contractor a fee for a "Quote/Proposal" on new siding? Would you pay a
contractor a fee on a "Quote/Proposal" to pave your parking lot/ driveway?
Would you pay the contractor a fee for a "Quote/Proposal" to build you wife
that patio/deck she wants for mothers day?
Bullshit, each window ISN'T custom made (many are standard sizes).
Some people are in the construction business and will install other sizes
than the existing windows. I guess you've never heard of this?
The software I use [Manual J 8th Ed.] comes with all sorts of data to choose
from for walls, windows, ceiling, etc. I really don't understand when
someone CAN'T choose the right settings / choices.
But back to the OP subject. Kpro is right. We all should charge a fee for
coming out, spending several hours measuring, figuring, and writing the
quote. Some contractor salesman use "hard sell tactics" to complete the
sale and make their trip worth while.
No, I said "I'd purchase/install the windows myself".
I *didn't* post anything about *making windows*.
You better keep your facts straight.
(just in case you *forgot*, you can look above as it's all quoted)
As far as doing HVAC, pouring concrete, building decks, yes, those are
facts... and the list just keeps going.
Like I said, you have no idea who you are dealing with.
Pretty sure that's the general idea...or at least it serves to accomplish
the same desired end result...
In my own racket, what we do here is "politely decline"...this after taking
a bit of extra time with the initial phone consult...basically weeding out
most of the lookie-loo's
Yep, the price shoppers are growing by the minute. They grab the phone book
and call everyone listed asking for a free estimate.
Not to sound cocky, but I'm very thorough with my services and (without a
doubt) I'm the best in my area.
The price shoppers are going to use the "lowest bidder". Than after it
doesn't meet their expectations, they come back to me to solve their issues.
While that's job security, handing out "free advice" only to get "out bid"
by another HVAC company just isn't smart. Just how many hours a week are we
supposed to work for free?
Personally, my time isn't up for auction. It's so much an hour for
consulting, guidance, advice, services, etc... I don't know anyone that can
work for free and continue to cover their obligations. If anyone knows where
this works, please post the Planet.
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