OK. I’m shocked recently at some of the jobs I’m losing. I quoted a 3000 square foot home with a pool inspection included. They found me because of a postcard which includes a 10% discount coupon. I quoted at $299 and they almost laughed at me, saying that other inspectors in the area quoted that at $229 and $249. I would have been willing to drop another $20, but to hear how low some quotes were floored me. Now correct me if I’m wrong, but we are supposed to get paid for what we do right? I thought I already lowballed the quote, but to come up with those numbers is a little silly.
In order to compete with local lowball inspectors, I have to set my prcies at an amount that will put me out of business. I know it sounds foolish, but I just couldn’t let myself do that job for that much money. I know RR’s philosophy of you’re losing the entire inspection fee if you don’t do it as opposed to losing a fraction if you do the job for a lower fee, but I have to set a minimum. I don’t know how some inspectors survive charging no more than $250 for a job.
I don’t really know why I’m writing this, but I guess I’m hoping that certain inspectors will wake up and realize that we are worth more than what we charge. We control what we make and we can make that a healthy fee (or at least fair).
I think I will just grossly overcharge in an attempt to show potential customers that I am worth something more instead of showing them that I am willing to charge for less.
Can I get an amen?