Hello all. There really isn’t a category to discuss pricing of services, and I usually don’t like to do so, but I have had a few potential clients tell me recently that I am priced higher than competitors, and I have lost a few jobs because of it. I have been doing this now for several years, and I have only had this happen once or twice up until about 6 months ago. I bet I have lost around 10 jobs in less than 6 months. I try to monitor competitors pricing as best I can, and I adjust my pricing as needed. As far as I can tell, I am still about the lowest in the area. I am wondering if this is just people trying to get me to offer a lower price? I started by offering a $25 discount, and even $50 in some cases, but people still said it was higher than they were quoted elsewhere. There are only a handful of Inspectors in my area, and like I said, I am below average in price as far as I can tell.
A typical house in my area can generally be described as follows: 1800sq ft, 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths (maybe a half bath too), eat in kitchen, and two other living rooms (living/family, family/dining, etc), 2 car attached garage, full basement.
Pricing in my area would run anywhere from $200 on the lower end to $350, or even $400, on the higher end. Mold, radon, and WDI are additional costs.
Given this information, what do some of you think is reasonable? I just can’t believe with some people out there charging upwards of $400 for an inspection that I am actually losing business for being “too costly”.
As a side note, I am adding air quality and mold inspections to my services. (Don’t currently offer it) I am looking for input on the type of equipment and supplies other people use, the labs that people use, and the fed charged. (Use the example house above as comparison, and assume the house doesn’t have a known mold issue)