While I understand their outlook on the situation I always muse about the shitty job they are about to receive at a cut rate.
My prices in opinion are actually right in the middle of industry standard.
In talking to peers about this very topic I have come to the conclusion.
While everyone can get a job done for a certain cost there are those who have gone into this thing I call "disregard profit mode".
This I am going to tell you is a travesty. Anyone that is willing to work without profit should have their right to do business revoked.
Now this is merely my personal opinion but if you think about the long term ramifications and the absolute destruction of client loyalty this causes it is a pretty big deal.
As things continue to turn around we will see less of this sort of thing mostly because the cheapo's will be to busy and guys like me will start getting more calls.
I had an experience the other day. This person calls me, tells me what they think they need and me knowing what the particular city will accept I proceed to tell them that they may be cutting themselves short and they should verify.
The verification occurred and I was asked by the same person "this is only a few hours worth of work right?" Well actually no it was much more in depth and I estimated it at a professional rate.
Needless to say I have not heard back but that's ok. I would rather pass on the opportunity to get jammed on for a cut rate price and just move on to the next job.
During the peak of the last recession at times I would get really pissed off when I got beat. Today I actually pity the client because you and I know that the service they will receive for the cheapest price will be sub par and essentially they get what they pay for.
This whole cheap thing is now coming back around to bite a lot of guys on the ass now. I think I always knew it would but wow is it better than I ever imagined.
Peace out surveyors. Make it a great profitable week.