This has plagued me for over 5yrs as a general-services contractor and is so much harder now that I'm doing tree stuff, for instance now that I have a polesaw I'm offering certain clients a polesaw-hour-fee so I can just go do an hour on their palms (am embarrassed to say how low, again I'm coming from $20 and was at 15 just 2yrs ago before enough customers made-clear they wanted me at 20....I am the absolute worst at pushing for $ in fact this week I got yet-another "you should be charging more" comment from a client and it was just a simple trimming job no chainsaws just the trimmer&blower)Its wild seeing "I can manage with 15/hr," and "no one should charge less than 100," so close together.
Pricing work has always thrown me through a loop. I am usually not involved in that aspect at all, so when I get my own jobs for friends I have told them 50/hr and I am UNINSURED. I did a job today with my gf, no cleanup, took 3.5 hrs. Jobs with the company get 5 star service. So I usually feel weird about leaving the whole thing in the back yard and saying gimme Benjamins. But when I said, "how does 300 sound?" They looked at me funny, like, "pfff that's it?" I came back with, "well you could gimme 350!" And I made the 100/hr I am supposed to get on company time!
So I guess I'm saying, people want to pay more than you expect. Especially when they see what the fuck you can do plus be friendly and profesh. So why not ask for a little more than 20/hr? I bet they want to give you more, especially when you are the bottom price...WITH insurance.
What state are you in? Do you (or *anyone*, of course!) happen to know if there's anywhere that's indexed arborist/tree-surgery pricing by-state or by-region (or even by type-of-work)? Would LOVE seeing whatever industry-data is available but uncertain where to even begin looking (hmmm should probably peruse ISA's site some more )I charged $400 for a no-cleanup removal that took two hours, just because it had been struck by lightning 5 yrs prior. Tied into the tree behind it, went to work, sat on my spikes for 5 minutes halfway through, and was given $100 more when paid. People value our work. Don’t devalue yourself and the industry by being the cheapest guy in town. I tend to be expensive when doing side work, and only two clients have ever been unhappy with it.
When you go shopping and see 4 similar items, and one is half the price of the others, what goes through your mind? For me, I’ll usually buy one of the other three.
OMG this is so true, have only recently begun noticing this but some guys are focusing on palms, some guys have a bucket and only want to use that....am still having a tough time breaking-down which skill-sets are the best, I think using "best" is flawed actually since, if I prefer climbing but felling trees is more-profitable, I'd still choose to be a climber...not aiming to be rich(ever...wouldn't give it away lol but it's not a goal) only comfortable, and know that I can get there w/ any line of arborismmarket and skill set dependent.
The ISA probably has those numbers, and likely TCIA does as well.What state are you in? Do you (or *anyone*, of course!) happen to know if there's anywhere that's indexed arborist/tree-surgery pricing by-state or by-region (or even by type-of-work)? Would LOVE seeing whatever industry-data is available but uncertain where to even begin looking (hmmm should probably peruse ISA's site some more )
[...] or simply move to a quote-system wherein the aim/average works-out to the bumped-rate?