Guilt by association
For some reason, this season I have been contracted by more than a few homeowners to re-work landscape designs provided by others. Most of these are still in the design stage - no hardscape or planting has yet been done although clean out and/or regrading has often happened. Apparently, once the design has been turned over to them and they have gone plant shopping, they've discovered that a) the spec'd plants will get too big for the location, b) the plants are not suited for that situation (sun plants in shade and vice versa) or c) they just plain don't like the plant selection and/or the design. In the case of the latter, why they didn't make that dissatisfaction clear to the original designer is a mystery to me, but there seems to be a reluctance on their part to say "I don't like it". Several have been enormously over-designed with far too many plants spaced too close together, resulting in what would be an immediate, chaotic jungle.
While I have no trouble with helping them to re-do the design to their satisfaction and take pains not to bad-mouth the incompetancy of the previous designer(s), my issue is with charging them for my services. I feel bad that they contracted and paid for what is essentially a useless piece of paper and are now faced with paying more to get it into a functional design. It reflects poorly on our woefully unregulated profession and in my desire to counteract this negative experience, I have a tendency to want to downplay my fees to make up for it. I know this is a bit silly and the quality of my work speaks for itself, but I still have this guilty feeling asking them to pay all over again and often quite a bit more than the rookie/unexperienced designer charged initially.
Has anyone else encountered this and how do you erase or overlook this feeling of guilt by association? Or because some of the prep work has already been done (site measurements, base map, etc.) do you modify your fees accordingly?