Yes, I am asking what you guys would charge for all this.
To clarify it is not from a contractor but a property preservation company and I am the "contractor". Also, I could have done the winterization but I did not see the money in it. I just was unfamiliar with the boiler system but I could have figured it out. There is a first time for everything. I am just wondering if something like $25 for a rekey is possible for anyone. The company told me a set of locks only costs $5 but I could not find that price except for just the knob but I had to change the knob and deadbolt.
Okay, well as one new guy to another, maybe I can explain without the palm over my face like everyone else.
First, the "property preservation company" that you are a contractor for, at those rates, is almost certainly just another contractor that is working for another contractor that works for a national property preservation company. The reason you are getting $25 for the yard cut is because he is getting $35 from someone who is getting $60 from someone who is getting $85. Everyone is laughing, including the agent, because they know exactly how much you are missing out on for the work required of you.
Second, while there is certainly a first time for everything and no one is born with the knowledge of how to winterize a steam heat system, the fact that you would agree to do one without first studying and understanding the work involved is just scary. While it certainly brings some relief knowing that you didn't actually attempt to do it, you are still putting yourself in extremely risky situations for no guarantee or promise of pay, much less pay that would be compensatory for work that is clearly out of the realm of your clients.
Finally, $25 for a lock change is low, but not the worst thing in the world... except I've never received a work order that wanted both the knob and the deadbolt changed for one price. A lock change is a lock change, whether it is the knob or the deadbolt. I can change one or both, but you will get billed for each lock change I perform.
So what would I charge? The agreed upon rate. The property preservation business, as much as everyone hates it, is a business where you have to be able to work at agreed upon rates. Every company I work for either has provided me a price list or I have provided them a price list. I can either agree to work at those rates, not complain, and make it work or return a list of my rates, not complain, and hope they can afford to make it work.
My price list that I send to clients would bill $90 for the two locks, $110 for the initial yard, and $150 for the winterization. Can you demand $350 for an initial? I'm going to guess probably not, since you're willing to drive an hour based on the promise of a good pay day. Until you learn to stand up for yourself you will either get eaten alive in expenses or quickly find a way out of the sub-sub-sub-contractor trap.