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17 minutes ago, Watercourse management said:

One thing in business I have learnt never give a day rate,price a job and any extras are priced separately.A friend of mine pruned a tree on a day rate customer agreed then knocked him when he finished an hour early as he worked till five,in the end as it was a rare tree he asked the local tree officer to put a tpo on it and got it.

How do you price emergency work, if you do any?

 

I can only do it by the hour, or am I wrong?

 

I got called out last week (day time), it went a bit like this.

 

"My pumps aren't working, can you come and have a look at them"

 

"yes, I'll be over this afternoon"

 

"How much will it cost?"

 

"X/hour plus X/mile travel"

 

I can't give any other sort of price until I've inspected the pump. It could be a couple of hundred quid, it could need a new pump, or many other components.

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8 minutes ago, eggsarascal said:

How do you price emergency work, if you do any?

 

I can only do it by the hour, or am I wrong?

 

I got called out last week (day time), it went a bit like this.

 

"My pumps aren't working, can you come and have a look at them"

 

"yes, I'll be over this afternoon"

 

"How much will it cost?"

 

"X/hour plus X/mile travel"

 

I can't give any other sort of price until I've inspected the pump. It could be a couple of hundred quid, it could need a new pump, or many other components.

Its not the same kind of job though is it.

 

You price for one man including his tools per hour plus travel time. 

 

A tree job can be a lot more complicated than that.

 

 

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The word 'day rate' seems to skew clients thinking.

If I price a job and get it done in a day, clients don't bat an eye.

Generally they are in awe of the whole process and are gratefull.

However, if they had first asked me my day rate (for 3 men and a chipper), they'll go quiet and I never hear from them again.

I imagine they then get the yellow pages out and call a handyman...

Or a 'gardener'

  Stuart

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8 minutes ago, Mesterh said:

Its not the same kind of job though is it.

 

You price for one man including his tools per hour plus travel time. 

 

A tree job can be a lot more complicated than that.

 

 

Watercourse management said, "one thing in BUSINESS". I can only assume with a username like his he dosent just do tree work.

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4 minutes ago, eggsarascal said:

Watercourse management said, "one thing in BUSINESS". I can only assume with a username like his he dosent just do tree work.

True, maybe he has a koi carp pond in his back garden.

 

 

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