We have been charging $250-$300 for average general residential designs that are not extremely extensive. I am considering changing it up a little. We do a free initial consultation which usually consists of 15-30 minutes getting to know the client and understanding what it is that they want done, then we explain the next process is the design process we need $150 up front. It includes a full consultation where we will bring samples, pictures, discuss different possibilities and options and set a road to go down. Draw up the design process. Follow up. Make neccessary changes, then hand it over. Every now and then you will have customers who are forever making changes, or just burning up time. My uncle is an attorney, I asked if he would write me up a simple retainer fee agreement for this so there is no set price for whatever type of design the project falls under. The undersigned wishes to retain Leebrick Landscape & Design, (hereinafter called "Contractor"), for landscape design for the property located at ____________________________________. The Contractor's retainer fee for design service is $_____.___ plus material, printing, and other costs. Terms of payment shall be as follows: $____.___ due upon entering this agreement / receipt acknowledged I understand that the retainer fee is good for up to __ hours of work at an hourly rate of $50.00. The fee is placed in the Contractor's trust account and is billed against as work is performed. If after __ hours, work is not complete, the Contractor may require another retainer fee which will be placed in trust and billed against as work is performed, or may bill you monthly. The Contractor shall furnish clients with a bi-monthly statement of account. I furthermore agree to pay all costs involved in this proceeding, including, but not limited to, printing fees, material costs, and other out-of-pocket expenses incurred in the service provided by Contractor. By my signature hereto, I agree to pay the Contractor under the conditions contained in this agreement. SIGNED AND AGREED TO THIS ____ DAY OF __________, 2010 _________________________ SIGNATURE SIGNED AND ACCEPTED: XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX By: ______________________ Leebrick Landscape & Design President What are your thoughts from those who do this much more often than I??