Since we sell Labor these fees need to cover the cost of employees, insurance, taxes, vehicle expenses etc. As we all know California is an expensive place to live and work with the above costs constantly increasing. We pay more for energy, fuel, housing plus taxes and fees than most locations around the country. We continually strive to keep costs in check as most responsible businesses do in the effort to keep prices as affordable as possible. Companies with employees have a higher cost structure that someone working alone from their home. The Company with employees generally has more resources to solve problems while the sole proprietor has more flexibility in scheduling and with lower pricing however has reduced resources to draw upon. Both have a role in providing appliance repair services in Southern California and are in business to solve problems. One needs to be aware of those advertising seemingly low cost estimates or even free estimates to get in the door. Given legitimate and compliant businesses are faced with similar high costs one must ask how can they do it this cheap or what corners are being cut to offer this price. Many times the final cost is much higher once they are in the door, bottom line no one works for free.