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Re: Idyllwild?--charging for Initial Site Visits?

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On Sep 8, 2005, at 9:41 AM, Rhkratzse(--nospam--at) wrote:

I don't work in the Idyllwild area, but I'm curious how other engineers handle fees (or not) for an initial visit to a site to scope out a project.
I usually do this sort of thing for free, but I don't provide any services to speak of. If I get asked to do something that seems like a real evaluation besides a walk-down I usually explain that it'll take some time and I'll address it in my estimate. I can usually cite an appropriate horror story about what happens when people go off half-cocked. As for estimates and quotes for specific work, walk-downs or customer visits are like marketing--they go in my overhead, so they show up in my billing, one way or another.
Christopher Wright P.E. |"They couldn't hit an elephant at
chrisw(--nospam--at)   | this distance" (last words of Gen.
.......................................| John Sedgwick, Spotsylvania 1864)

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