Have any of you guys ever thought about charging for estimates. I am starting to throw the idea around. I feel like if the person does not want to pay for the estimate they are shopping around for the lowest price or just prices in general and I do not want to waste time doing that. There are certain cities I do not even bother going into because I know that they will not pay my prices. I also find it annoying that nearly every other type of contracting charges for estimates but we dont.
I ran into a guy yesterday at a seminar who told me what he charges for a sq off and on. It was about $70 less than what I charge and way under what most everyone else charges. I told him thanks for being the a$$hole who lowballs and makes my job harder. He did not like that.
That is why I feel charging for estimates will really weed out who is actually going to spend the money on there roof to get it re-done rather than just price it for the lowerst number. Then of course offer the money back to them if they choose to go with us.
What do you guys think about this crazy idea of mine?