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Old 12-08-2014, 08:44 AM   #41
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We've never had the opportunity to do a commercial project. There aren't very many commercial log homes.
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Old 12-08-2014, 10:50 AM   #42
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We've never had the opportunity to do a commercial project. There aren't very many commercial log homes.
Lodges, cabins, resorts, plenty of commercial log structures.
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Lodges, cabins, resorts, plenty of commercial log structures.

He did specify "homes"
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We have been generally charging for quotes (not estimates) since 2006. Our territory is much smaller (45 minute max.) and our average invoice is about the same as yours. The charge is $49-$89 and varies by distance. Sometimes discounted, sometimes not.

In my opinion charging anything, even $25 will eliminate the least profitable group of potential clients.

Not that you asked, but cash flow is another major item. In some cases we require a credit card advance for the service charge, such as an out-of-town landlord or home buyer. Generally for everyone we require COD or substantial advances.

These requirements are only relaxed for clients with a long successful history, such as a client who always approves projects and pays COD.
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He did specify "homes"
Maybe I am missing something, but what is a commercial log home. I mean it's either a home (residential) or it's commercial.
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In my opinion charging anything, even $25 will eliminate the least profitable group of potential clients.
That is not true. There are many clients that make a ton of money, would pay for an estimate but end up being the least profitable.

While you will eliminate some tire kickers, tire kickers can turn into great paying and very profitable clients.

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