How Estimating Works
Give me a ball park range.
Some restoration services have flat rates, others count damage areas and every little thing they do as extra. The average photo brought to us, falls into three ranges Light Range of $30-$60 Medium Range $70-$90 and Heavy Range $100. and up. For some clients, this explanation is enough. If you need a closer estimate, we can not give you one without seeing the photo first. Keep in mind that we do not outsource our work and the originals are in a safe environment. You may have the options of waiting for them to be scanned and keep the originals. If you want a closer estimate and you enjoy reading ...go on and read about what we have to consider when we estimate from the topics below. You may find it very interesting:
Scanning Services and Any Type of Electronic file to any digital device.
The three photo samples below demonstrate light, medium and heavy damage. It aids in determining a rough estimate, choose which one your photo maybe classified as. For those who like to read and want to know more, keep scrolling.
$30-$60 Very minor damage mostly to the background or border and minor coloring issues.
$70-$90 Most damages to the faces are in the $70 to 90 range. No damage to faces but still plenty of damage in general.
$100 - 300, any higher is rare. The works. It needs all of the above plus recreating what is missing.
(NOTE: Don't forget to factor in the hard copies and CA Taxes)
(NOTE: Prices above do not include hard copy.)
Always remember these are e s t i m a t e s.
Some people like the photo to look old and choose to clean it up a bit like these samples.
(NOTE: Prices above do not include hard copy and CA taxes.)
With some restorations like these samples, the client can make a choice. As with any restoration, such as the restoration performed on a classic car, or an old house, the total cost is determined by the desired end result of our clients. One photo is rarely just enhancing or just repairs, many techniques are used with all photos. The intent of this sample is an attempt to give you a simple estimate. Some client prefer it their vintage photos old and torn looking, with no change to the coloring, only repairing the worst damage or making it whole.
Once you figure about how much the restoration is, add the price of the prints plus copies and Tax.
If you prefer to print the restored photos yourself add $20.00 per restored image, due to loss for printing revenue. Electronic files of simple scans of photos without restoration are include the scanning price.
Here's the estimating formula:
The usual turn around time is 8-10 business days or 24 business hours.
This allows time to deal with weekends, difficult images, a heavy flow of incoming work and interruptions from weekends, single day holidays, high holidays and personal events such as vacation and sick days due to the fact that one person is doing all the restorations. There is no out-sourcing.
The only time this rule is broken is for funerals, we are sensitive to the situation and can have the image ready usually in 24 business hours or in time for the wake or funeral based on individual circumstances. All others that want the restoration done ASAP, won't mind paying expediting fees of $75. The great majority of clients desiring a restoration are not in any particular hurry and prefer a job well done without pressure, thank you for this greatly appreciated leeway.
Looking at the original, it appears to have only yellowed and only a few spots and stains on the sky. However, after removing the yellow you can now see the overall filth and blotches. This will take more time then first thought. With these types of yellowed photos, this is usually the case. Which brings us to our next topic....Is it worth it? It may or may not depending on many circumstances that only you can determine.
We guarantee 100% satisfaction with our work. If you are not satisfied, we will try to make things right. If you are still not happy after all is said and done, you have a money back guarantee with the return the photos within 15 days.
The Exception - Sometimes as in this case seen here below. If we tell you that your photo can be restored to a better state than it is but in our professional opinion you may not be please and you still want to go forward. We tell you up front that we do not give you your money back after putting so much time into the photo.
Too much general damage. At times the end results can only be as good as the detail that is there to work with in the first place. If the photo is not in focus before, neither will the after be. Too much damage results in the photo appearing more like a drawing. Depending on how you feel about the particular photo, this may be acceptable. Our client was satisfied.
Sometimes we can lighten and enlarge a photo and discover that it's in pretty good shape, other times we see this and it's just not restorable. This is why quotes over the phone are not recommended.
If your photo looks like this we don't expect success.
It's a huge mistake to choose a restoration service based on price or distance from your home alone.
Compare apples to apples.
(read pros and cons of each)
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