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What's Your Minimum Charge?

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I have 3 questions that relate to each other.
  • What is your minimum charge to get you out to do work with a truck mount?
  • What is your minimum charge to get you out to do work with a portable extractor?
  • How far do you travel for those minimum charges?
 
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I have my minimum at $149 for truck mount work.
I don't have a portable yet.
I try to stay within a 30 minute drive.

I am new though so these things may change.
 

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$150 but soon to be 3 areas for $160 Min. Meaning they can have three areas for $160 but nothing less.

No porty work for me.

Normally I wont go farther then an 45 minutes for that charge.
 

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I have 3 questions that relate to each other.
  • What is your minimum charge to get you out to do work with a truck mount?
  • What is your minimum charge to get you out to do work with a portable extractor?
  • How far do you travel for those minimum charges?

I have a $90 minimum for 2 rooms.

Portable is $150 minimum for 2 rooms and $50 a room after that.

200 sq ft max on rooms before I count a room as multiple areas.

I travel up to 90 miles away (most of my work is in vegas 65 miles away) although if it is only a minimum job I make them schedule for when I am already in the area.
 

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$150 but soon to be 3 areas for $160 Min. Meaning they can have three areas for $160 but nothing less.

No porty work for me.

Normally I wont go farther then an 45 minutes for that charge.
Jay are you pricing by sf or area these days?
 

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I have a $90 minimum for 2 rooms.

Portable is $150 minimum for 2 rooms and $50 a room after that.
How much do you charge per room with a truck mount?

I travel up to 90 miles away (most of my work is in vegas 65 miles away) although if it is only a minimum job I make them schedule for when I am already in the area.
How far do you travel off the path from your house to your general area in Vegas?
 

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I have 3 questions that relate to each other.
  • What is your minimum charge to get you out to do work with a truck mount?
  • What is your minimum charge to get you out to do work with a portable extractor?
  • How far do you travel for those minimum charges?
3 areas.
4.5 areas. But, I'm trying to develop a VLM method in place of a portable.
One hour.
 

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I don't have a portable and there is not enough money in the world to make me buy one.

Much less actually use it.
I don't intend on buying one unless I have employees and a very strong business reason for one.

What about the answers to questions 1 and 3?
 

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Why the change? Are you changing your target market as you make brand switch?


As I grow busier I have less time for estimates. Also with kids on the way I want to really cut down on any estimates. Having three simple pricing plans by area makes more sense in the long run for me.

New website will be launched in a month, SEO full time from same company making it, so I expect calls to increase many times over.

After 5 years in business, SQ Ft pricing is just to time consuming and confusing for the customer.
 

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How much do you charge per room with a truck mount?

It depends on the size of the house, but most of the time it is between $30 - $40, sometimes more but not very often.


How far do you travel off the path from your house to your general area in Vegas?

From my house to the middle of Vegas is 65 miles. Most days I work in Vegas I end up driving 150-200 miles for the day. My fuel cost is running right at 10%
 

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Todd I would move if I were you!

Just what you are spending on fuel and your funeral cost, you could easily retire in 20 years!:)
 
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Love to do in-home estimates. They tend to be my best tickets and almost always get the job at the price I quote.
I think in home estimates is how you can tailor to the specific needs/wants of the customer otherwise you are just a price.

My goal is to have a few vans on the road with me checking driving a fly car doing estimates, customer service visits, and qc checks during and after random jobs. I will probably always have a few customers that I do the actual work for though.
 

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I don't intend on buying one unless I have employees and a very strong business reason for one.

What about the answers to questions 1 and 3?

I seldom reply to price comparison threads because they are normally closely akin to penis size discussions. Nobody ever learns anything even closely useful and as the discussion goes along the exaggerations tend to become extreme.
 
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Love to do in-home estimates. They tend to be my best tickets and almost always get the job at the price I quote.


Oh I completely agree and I am some what worried about my ticket average, but time is short and spending my evenings running estimates is a non starter.