I think it would be better to have a questionaire ready for the initial
telephone conversation, and then cherry pick those that you feel are
suitable. In my experience, clients have very little idea when it comes to
calculating the cost of the project.
And many will feel that they will be charged £5000 for work that
should only cost say £3000 or £4000.
Good point! I keep being asked to design within a £1 to 3K budget and its too limiting!
What do you classify as small John? How detailed are you specking projects?
Hi Richard, small for me is between £1 and £4K the plans are about medium in detail but after the plan price from the budget, there really isnt enough to do anything that I want to, I wanted to weed out (pardon the pun) the smaller ones!
if you have the work -great !
From little acorns etc................. if the customers know and pay your charges and you ensure they cover your time plus a bit, I dont see the problem. Maybe you've just lost 'the buzz' from smaller jobs, which is another matter.
Would it not be better to suggest that you design the garden as it best suits their needs, although the budget might be blown!!! Then suggest to them if they have the design/plan the garden can then be built in stages as they can afford which spreads the cost over a few years maybe. Always add that a well designed and built garden always adds value to the property and makes it certainly more saleable.