- May 8, 2016
- Real Name
- Denilson Hernandez
SO how far are you willing to travel on a job site? How many miles from your location are you willing to travel? Just basic question.. Do you charge gas included with your services?
I occasionally get asked to go pretty far out. My limit is about 50 miles each way so 100 mile round trip and I make sure it's worth my while. Last time I went pretty far out it was a 500.00 job so to me that was well worth my while and I did not charge extra for the trip although I could have. It was about an hour each way. They did buy me lunch though so that was good. If they just want a small job I will tack on some extra if it's beyond like 20 miles each way. There are a lot of very small towns as well as people in different counties I service. I will either charge a little more per sq. ft. or tack a little extra on to the job. I find it's best to incorporate the charges into the bill rather than add a "gas" or "trip" fee. So I may just up my price by 5 to 10 cents per sq. ft. if that's feasible.SO how far are you willing to travel on a job site? How many miles from your location are you willing to travel? Just basic question.. Do you charge gas included with your services?
I did a job last summer that was 3 hrs. away. The home owner was good friends with the owner of a restoration company I do work for. The whole time I was driving there, I was cursing myself for taking the job...... Turned out that It was a whole house, area rugs, and some uph...... The ticket on the job was 735.00. The lady of the house wrote the check for a grand even...... I about fell over when she handed me the check.... To top it off, she sent me on my way with a dozen homemade chocolate chip cookies, and a fresh cup of coffee..... Would I do it again? ABSOLUTLY!!!!!!!!!!! Really nice southern lady, that married a Canadian guy.......SO how far are you willing to travel on a job site? How many miles from your location are you willing to travel? Just basic question.. Do you charge gas included with your services?
I copied this minimum style based on Scott's mention before. I am willing to travel for the right size job.I lived in a rural area and travel was expected. I regularly went 25 miles or so. Some of my better customers would recommend me to friends or a few even moved farther away. I dis travel as much as 120 at times.
I did not charge for gas and I did not change my per sq. ft price. But my minimum job did increase as I went further out.
These numbers won't necessarily work for you today. And they changed over the 35+ years that I ran my carpet cleaning business. These numbers were from the later 1970s through 1980s.
In town - 5 miles my minimum was about $75
In the county about 25 mile radius minimum was $99
In enighboring cities up to 50 miles away the minimum was $175
Out to 75 miles away, minimum was $300
100 miles away for $400 minimum.
A few folks would plan their work at the same time as a neighbor so that I could get the minimum for going 75 or 100 miles.