Much of our work is
investigative so it is hard to know exactly how much effort will be
required. Thus, historically many
projects have been invoiced according to our fee schedule within an agreed
budget. Many architectural jobs and others with a well defined
scope are now done at a fixed fee.
Fees are charged at an hourly
rate that varies with the experience of the consultant. An
additional contract initiation fee is charged for the first hour.
This allows us to do smaller jobs without raising the hourly rate for all
Travel time is discounted. A premium rate is charged for travel time on
weekends or during late night-early morning hours.
A premium rate is charged on
work that clients require to be done on nights or weekends or on such
short notice that the work of others must be shifted to these times.
This premium is also charged for work in preparation for expert witness
Instruments for measurements
are a significant expense for a service not needed by all clients.
Thus, an extra charge is made for use of instruments rather than
increasing the hourly rates for everyone.
including travel expenses are charged at cost with mileage at a fixed
rate. Such expenses are usually including within the fixed fee of
fixed-feet contracts. Reports are normally provided in PDF form for
clients to print their own copies as needed. An annual fee is
charged to clients requiring special insurance treatment.