$400 is $50/hr, hard to figure a good climber with own gear and insurance would work for less.
I'm surprised at this, regarding residential... Seattle or Snoqualimie?In my area, contract climbing is not a serious option, and never sustainable for making even a modest living for yerself. You can ask anyone, and yer always gonna get the same answer. PNW??? ... a guy'd be a ton better off with a simple mom n pop treeservice. Ask anyone.
Logging?... ZERO contract climbers.
IF customer balks at me price I tell them I’ll RENT them my saw and splitter for $300/day but THEY have to do all the labor and I will provide technical assistance... so far no takers yet ! Considering the cost of tool rental at Home Depot ($70/day for saw and $99/hydraulic splitter) and the fact THEY have to go p/u and drop off plus the fact the tool may not be in tip-top shape / even work !!! (rented stump-grinder that didn’t work - go back explain / exchange for another machine / time lost / driving wear tear pita etc etc - NEVER again) ... Most reconsider the deal and let me have at it while they stay warm in dwelling smoking cigar / drinking beverageDo you specifically advertise contract climbing, or just let a homeowner know it's an option if/when they balk at the price of a job?