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Old 01-11-2000, 10:45 AM
GroundKprs GroundKprs is offline
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Location: South Bend, IN
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Unless you have good contracts written up, charge by the job until you get a good handle on the work. It would be a bear to grossly underprice a season contract and be stuck with it all year. Also it is less hassle to quit an itemized job than a flat rate contract, and less hassle if customer drops out.<br>Another reason to charge by the job is to let the customer get to know how you work and also for you to get to know the customer and his property. We will not give monthly flat rates until we have serviced a property for two full seasons for that reason. Then when the customer is paying a fixed rate, he knows exactly what he is getting, we know exactly what he wants, and we have priced it appropriately.<br>Whether you are pricing either way, you should have a method of estimating so you know how to charge. Our itemized clients get an estimate of the total cost for the season, with the costs for various jobs specified.<br> After two years on a property, we can usually predict within 15 min how much time this property will take, and either method of billing is simple.<p>----------<br>Jim<br>South Bend, IN
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