Is there a standardized labor guide for the home appliance repairer/servicer?

I remember the Chilton's labor guides in the auto repair industry - they are pretty much the standard a mechanic would refer to when determining the time it would take to do a particular job (replace a timing belt, water pump etc.) One of our family is starting a hope appliance repair service (at customer locations). Is there a standard labor guide to refer to in providing quote to a customer or is it just anything goes? (I'd much prefer to see some standard guide!). Besides being unfair to the customer, it would also be impractical in that one would have to already know about the labor time for every appliance, every brand, every model etc. There are thousand of 'em out there!

Asked By: yakennyhoo - 3/25/2007
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Not every service can charge the same amount. Your rates need to be based on how much it costs you to roll the van out every day. What level of service do you want to provide? Are you trying to be the cheapest or the best. Do you plan on growing and expanding or are you just trying to buy a pay check. There is a lot... More
Answered By: Lon B - 3/25/2007
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Some of the service calls are similar and they can quote you a price by estimating the approximate time it will take... More
Answered By: don n - 3/25/2007
First off most people have no idea how to figure out the proper way to charge people for their time. Go to and order the book How much should I charge. I promise you it will be the the best business tool you own.
Answered By: ccudd13 - 3/27/2007
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