Estimates are given to fix a defined problem noticed or perceived by the customer. A leak usually causes this call.
There is a charge for the initial visit, usually $25.00. For out of town trips, the fee increases.
Inspections are a different mater.
Inspections are entirely different from estimates. They are often a legal instrument for realtors, bankers, etc. in regards salability of a house. Sometimes, they're a legal instrument in a court against shoddy workmanship.
If I'm signing one, I'll spend an hour or 2 on a residence detailing everything I can come up with, good and bad. Then a hour writing/editing it. That doesn't include up to 2 hours road time sometimes.
My minimum fee is $365.00
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