Within the Frequently Asked Questions scattered throughout the Service Options and Pricing section above, we've tried to give some guidance for how long certain services generally take. But estimates are inherently inaccurate, and somebody always walks away unhappy. And though a "free estimate" sounds nice, it's not really free. To provide a reasonably accurate estimate, time has to be spent by the business. And time is money. A business that provides free estimates bakes in an allowance for that time into their pricing structure. Basically, if they didn't provide free estimates, their pricing could be lower. So we employ a different business model. Our price structure punishes us the longer it takes us to complete a job. So it is in our best interest to, say, crank out two 2-hour appointments than it is to dilly-dally on one appointment for four hours.
Additionally, none of the services we offer are one-time-ever services. They may only be needed once per year, but that's every year that we would hope to have your business. If you are not happy with the work that we do, we lose your business forever. Not only that, but you won't recommend us to anybody. And the vast majority of our business comes through referrals, so we are enormously sensitive to making sure you pay as little as possible for high quality work. So, long story short, we don't provide quotes/estimates for individual jobs. We earn our business by earning trust, and growing organically from there after our customers learn how much more affordable we ended up being compared to other "quotes". If your budget is such that you definitely can't spend more than a certain amount on a job, you can set the appointment duration to whatever that limit is, remembering that if it takes us less time you'll be charged less.