Cost of doing business…

Cheap? Inexpensive? Reasonable? Costly?  Make no mistake about it…good work takes more time and more diligence…translation: more cost!

In the end, my charges can be a bargain when reflecting on the gestalt of the project. Firstly:  I give you my best commitment. Secondly: You get the benefit of my experience.  Thirdly:  I do not take “short cuts” or minimize what is necessary to do a good job.

Be that as it may be: I make no apology for charging more than some and possibly less than some.  Value is what value does and you get to choose that parameter.  I do my best to be efficient and my uncharged time is usually generous to a fault.  A daily diary is maintained for all work and most billings include an audit.

Some thoughts about costs and value…

“Someone” has said
                           “It is wrong to pay too much…but more wrong not to pay enough!”

…and said Abraham Lincoln

Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.

With that wisdom in mind, it has been my practice to invest time in preparation.   It was learned long ago that no matter how skillful, experienced and committed one might be to the task, the result is much diminished without good preparation, research of facts and a good site review.  Extra time?  Yes!  …and very much worth it.

 

Current Fee and Cost Schedule

June 2011

 

                                                  Technical Work………….$ 85.00 / hour

Examples: Preparation of percolation test holes, routine monitoring of piezometers, site measurements for location of

structures and site work not requiring a professional certification or application of professional experience or judgment.

 

                                                  Office Support………….. $ 28.00 / hour

Examples:  Photocopying, clerical assistance, billing, records and file management.

 

                                                  Professional Services…… $ 171.00 / hour

Examples: Supervision of drilling and logging of soil character, site assessments, design of layouts and other related tasks

that require professional experience and judgment.

 

 

                                     Layouts (Septic Disposal System)…$ 1120.00 to $ 1380.00 

  plus “typical’ ancillary costs  of $ 120.00 to $160.00 for office support, correspondence, accounting , reprographics,

processing and follow-up with regulatory agencies.

 

(Some layouts have additional costs for unknown or unpredictable constructs such as clearing, drilling, monitoring and staking).

 

Litigation Related Matters

Ø    Court Testimony as an Expert Witness (admissible opinion)…minimum 4 hours at $ 220.00 / hr.

and $ 171.00/hr. thereafter.

Ø    Court Testimony as a Fact Witness (no admissible opinion)….minimum 4 hours at $ 171.00/hr.

Ø                    Ø Depositions………………………………………………………………………………………minimum  4 hours at $ 171.00/hr.

Ø    Preparation, research of archives & records, conferences …$ 171.00/hr., fraction/hr. or no cost at my discretion.

Ø              Ø  Written advisory correspondence……………………………………………..$ 171.00 / hr.

Ø                   Ø  Other services such as displays and visual presentations…..by agreement

 

Single Lot Percolation Test –(Multiple lots are discounted.)

(Leach Fields on slope ≤ 25%)….$ 2,280.00  (testing, certification, layout and processing)

(Leach Fields on slope > 25%)….$ 2,680.00  (testing, certification, layout and processing)

(Hybrid System)………………………..$ 2,680.00  (testing, certification, layout and processing)

(Horizontal Seepage Pits………….$ 2,480.00  (testing, certification, layout and processing)

 

There is also an ancillary charge of $128.00 to $160.00 for reprographics, topographic maps, office support and correspondence.

Note: Charges for a percolation test does not include the cost of drilling, materials for “observation wells”, monitoring, and  outsourced work such as backhoe excavations, clearing, mowing ,a fire watch or location of existing leach lines , septic tanks or pits.  These will be included in a proposal on a site specific “case by case” so as to plan a budget and not be billed for undisclosed and/or unforseen costs. 

Capacity Tests/ Pit (Vertical Seepage Pits)…pending access, location and discretionary acceptance of project. Costs are “typically “ $ 3100.00 to $ 3400.00 for one pit plus the cost of drilling ( discounted for multiple pits).

 

Waiver Letters$ 164.00 to $ 500.00 (depending on time and research necessary for the findings and basis).