i charge $45 per hour with a 2 hour minimum, plus a $20 trip charge, for service calls.
i do not give "free estimates." when someone asks for one, i'll tell them, (over the phone),its going to run somewhere between $110, (the minimum) and $1,000,000. if they are serious about wanting a price, they'll usually pay my rate to come out and give them a good, accurate estimate. most of the time, the "free estimate" callers, are either wanting someone to show them how to "DIY" the job, or are using your numbers as bargaining power for their "wife's brother's old army buddy".
[This message has been edited by gramps (edited 02-11-2003).]