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    I have a builder coming over to quote on some work... This is the second quote. Whilst he is sizing stuff up should i mention "i have already had a quote for £x"?

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    I wouldnt.

    Any decent builder should give an accurate competitive quote. If they undercut the other quote then you have to ask yourself were they originally trying to rip you off or are going to use lower grade materials etc in order to beat their original quote.

    Either way, I wouldnt feel confident of using them.

    Always get 3 quotes at least and if you cant go on personal recommendations, then use checkatrade etc

    Ask if they have recently finished other projects locally that you can view
    Edited by: "chocci" 29th Jul 2014

    I would just inform him you are getting/ got other quotes (that shouldn't surprise him as any sensible person would get at least 2 or 3 quotes ) . Otherwise I completely agree with the previous post .
    Edited by: "rogparki" 29th Jul 2014

    Definitely not. I usually go with a little 'white' lie - after they give you the estimate. I'll say something like "Well, you're definitely not the most expensive quote but you're not the cheapest either. Cheap doesn't always mean good though...let me mull it over and I'll get back to you soon." This can sometimes (not always) get them to open up a 'negotiating' dialogue. As chocci said - it's difficult to weigh up 'like for like' as builders have different methods and use differing materials. You can usually tell a rogue though who's inflating the price to make a buck - or price themselves out of a job as they don't fancy it.

    May I ask what work it is you are planning to have done? If it's not too nosey, that is! Hehe.

    Regards, Phsy.
    Edited by: "Phsycronix" 29th Jul 2014

    Banned

    every builder would expect you to have the sense to get other quotes

    play it by ear

    the cheapest builder isnt necessarily the best

    The best thing is recommendation and maybe see and meet other customer's that has had work done similar that you want doing
    I fit double glazing and do it as a hobby because when i sub contracted the company's wanted more out of you that meant cutting corners and rushed workmanship. when i do my own work i don't take a penny until the work i have done is satisfactory As i measure up all my own work and i am fitting it i take time to get it right
    Edited by: "emmabee123" 29th Jul 2014

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    emmabee123

    The best thing is recommendation and maybe see and meet other customer's … The best thing is recommendation and maybe see and meet other customer's that has had work done similar that you want doing I fit double glazing and do it as a hobby because when i sub contracted the company's wanted more out of you that meant cutting corners and rushed workmanship. when i do my own work i don't take a penny until the work i have done is satisfactory As i measure up all my own work and i am fitting it i take time to get it wright



    just like you spent time getting that post right

    whatsThePoint

    just like you spent time getting that post right


    unlike some, their hobby is fitting windows not trolling

    Original Poster

    Well this particular chap company is recommended by a very highly regarded structural engineer.

    I need:
    damp proof courses in 2 small walls + replaster
    Wall ties back and front
    Some ventilation bricks
    Repointing of the front bay
    Installation of a baffled black hole

    First quote was £1600

    Jetpac

    Well this particular chap company is recommended by a very highly … Well this particular chap company is recommended by a very highly regarded structural engineer. I need:damp proof courses in 2 small walls + replasterWall ties back and frontSome ventilation bricksRepointing of the front bayInstallation of a baffled black holeFirst quote was £1600


    thats sounds pretty good (I am assuming its a single wall terraced house)

    I am having the front gable ended two storey detached re-pointed this weekend

    scaffold - £350
    re-pointing - £250
    materials - £15

    Edited by: "chocci" 29th Jul 2014

    Jetpac

    Well this particular chap company is recommended by a very highly … Well this particular chap company is recommended by a very highly regarded structural engineer. I need:damp proof courses in 2 small walls + replasterWall ties back and frontSome ventilation bricksRepointing of the front bayInstallation of a baffled black holeFirst quote was £1600



    Wall ties in the back and front ? Please elaborate....I'm struggling to see how these could be retro fitted....unless they are different to the ones I'm thinking of.

    Also.....a baffled black hole.....that's some terraced house you've got there !! X)
    (p.s), I do realise it's a ventilation aid.

    Original Poster

    Front and rear walls. The ties are degraded but new ones can be put in drills and specialist ties i think!

    I would mention that I am getting a few quotes from other companies. This shouldn't be a concern for the builder, as that's what most people would do, it's expected. While they are there ask for references of customers work they have done, they may have a website or book of customer references.
    Ask the builder for contact details so you can have a look at the work they have done if it's locally to you, as long as they get permission from the previous customer. If he's happy to give you previous customers details of work he's done and they show you, he may not be hiding anything dodgy and is actually a good builder.

    If any of the builders ask you what quote you have received from other builders, just tell them you haven't received it yet as they are sending me an email with a pricing structure of everything. That ways they can't harass you for the price nor can they knowingly go cheaper. (Obviously if someone is harassing you for a price, they are probably not worth using!)
    Best thing is to use you judgment.

    Jetpac

    Front and rear walls. The ties are degraded but new ones can be put in Front and rear walls. The ties are degraded but new ones can be put in drills and specialist ties i think!



    Is there movement on the walls.....how do you know the ties have degraded ?

    p.s, have you considered claiming on your home insurance policy ?

    Whether you are asking 1 builder or 6, I would ask for a written quote to ensure you both know exactly what is required and expected

    Original Poster

    Monkeybumcheeks

    Is there movement on the walls.....how do you know the ties have degraded … Is there movement on the walls.....how do you know the ties have degraded ?p.s, have you considered claiming on your home insurance policy ?



    Ties are degraded based on a structural engineers report when we bought the house.
    had the quote through from this guy of 1800 for wall ties + about 1300 for the other work
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