I know Mike G charges it but are any others of you charging for initial consult ? I do only if they are outside my 30 mile radius. An interesting thing brought this up. I emailed my doctor and told them I need them to sign something for my insurance for me. They said sure just mail them to us along with a check for $25 to complete the forms. The forms are complete so I am basically paying $25 for him to sign it. We just sent out new post cards and one of the sales points was free consultation. I will be pre screening these clients tho and if they are serious we will meet. No more chasing price shoppers for free tho. I just got burned on a landscape consult like this. Client called... Let us know they were seeking an estimate. We went out... Discussed it with them. One of my friends also turned in an estimate to them for landscape work. I bet we go by in a month and she has taken our ideas and used them herself!