Got a call this afternoon. A woman told me she was given my name by a good friend, AND her Realtor to do a home inspection. I asked a few questions and gave her a price of $350. There was a long pause. She then told me her Realtor told her it would be about $150.
I told her that she must be mistaken because I didn't even charge $150 when I started in 1989. She got off the phone saying she would get back to me.
A little later I see an e-mail from her. She said that she had also called XYZ Inspections and they quoted her $295, and if I would match the price I could have the job. But she really liked my report style, and her friend said I was really good.
I looked up the guy she mentioned, since I didn't recognize the name. He got his license in Early 2007. He has 11 CEU's. (He's going to need 21 more by the end of this month, but I'm guessing he doesn't know that).
Let's see: he's been in business 22 months and has probably done 250 inspections. He's going to charge $55 less than me. I've been in business about 233 months and done close to 9,000 inspections. He has completed 11 CEU's and I have completed 65 in the same time period. She has two people that referred me. She has seen my report style and likes my attention to detail.
She just doesn't think that I'm $55 better than the other guy.
I think i just decided that I don't want to work for her. She deserves the low priced guy.