final payment for bathroom fitter

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Found 12th Nov 2009
Im having a complete new bathroom fitted. The company we have gone with use a contract fitter so we pay him seperately. We have payed for all the equipment and the fitter is now installing. Now in total the fitting is costing £2700. He started monday and has had a £300 deposit. I am giving him a cheque today for £1000. He did want another payment next wednesday for a £1000 and a final payment when complete of £400. Now i think that is too small amount for final payment and i think i should pay the rest (£1400) on completion. Do you think im being reasonable? Dont get me wrong he seems to be doing a great job and is working hard but to me £400 to hold on to is not that much. Any thoughts guys and gals?

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I would never pay upfront for any work, not a very good business if he doesn't have any working capital to use

I have never paid for anything until the work has been completed.:thumbsup:

Maybe you should have sorted this before work commenced?

I get paid upfront, as that is the only way I can safeguard myself.

I would pay him the £1400 on completion.

I'm not a plumber like but most people only get paid after they have actually done the work.

Good businesses take money when there job is done . . . GMTV Money man says. Once they got your money, its very hard to get it back if you dont like the job theyve done.

i always pay for stuff like that afterwards, did for my kitchen and roof

How bigs the bathroom? sounds a lot of money for fitting.

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A good workman would accept a larger final payment upon completion to your approval

only cowboys want money up front

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Adam2050;6867408

How bigs the bathroom? sounds a lot of money for fitting.


Surely it must include all bath, shower, toilet, sink, tiles etc.

Mine cost £1800 which included all above plus a power shower and complete floor & wall tiling and ceiling plastered with new lighting.

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csiman;6867434

Surely it must include all bath, shower, toilet, sink, tiles etc.Mine … Surely it must include all bath, shower, toilet, sink, tiles etc.Mine cost £1800 which included all above plus a power shower and complete floor & wall tiling and ceiling plastered with new lighting.

i think the decision is very easy to make.
Most of us as salaried staff all get paid at the end of the month, after the work has been done for that month.

So why is a plumber any different then?

capricornianz;6867459

i think the decision is very easy to make.Most of us as salaried staff … i think the decision is very easy to make.Most of us as salaried staff all get paid at the end of the month, after the work has been done for that month.So why is a plumber any different then?



Some people get paid in advance that are on salaries.
The key is this should all be negotiated prior to work commencing.

I'd fit bathroom suite, shower, tile and decorate for approx £900 labour.

Sounds like you're paying a lot to me. No way for any of us to say what you should do about final payment as we've not met the fitter, you have and I'd trust my instincts if I were you, :thumbsup:

Adam2050;6867408

How bigs the bathroom? sounds a lot of money for fitting.



Quality bathroom fitters are on between £35,000 and £60,000 per year depending on skill levels. Some bathrooms, depending on house location and size will be at least £5,000+ just for fitting on it's own, depending on if it's a one man or two man job.

I have a friend who works for one of the luxury ones here in the North West.

Dont get me wrong he seems to be doing a great job and is working hard



So what's the problem?

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Shengis;6867583

So what's the problem?



The problem being if i only leave £400 for final payment then its not that much if things go pear shaped and problems arise.

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Adam2050;6867408

How bigs the bathroom? sounds a lot of money for fitting.



Its not that large but lots of work involved. New floorboards, fully tiled,lighting, roof plastered,fitted units,mirror with dimister pads etc.

stefor;6867568

Quality bathroom fitters are on between £35,000 and £60,000 per year d … Quality bathroom fitters are on between £35,000 and £60,000 per year depending on skill levels. Some bathrooms, depending on house location and size will be at least £5,000+ just for fitting on it's own, depending on if it's a one man or two man job.I have a friend who works for one of the luxury ones here in the North West.



Nice money in it then.

If those were the terms you agreed to, then you should stick to them, as you would be in breach of contract.
Seems to me that the company you contracted to do the work should be paying him, not you; they're profiting with little or no input. Have you made any payments to them?
Trust is a two way thing, if you have any concerns voice them now as he may think your trying to rip him off if you spring this on him.

Is the company you bought from guaranteeing the fitters work or did you hire him yourself ?

Did you agree to the terms originally?
my dad's a plumber/heating engineer and usually bills for equiptment and labour at the end of a contract, unfortunately on smaller jobs for individuals rather than companies he is cautious doing this now owing to the odd shyster that tries to renegotiate the price at the end or tells him they have fallen on hard times and can't pay the full amount anymore.
if you agreed to this terms you should honour the contract especially as you have said he is doing a good job. or are you after a "discount" at the end?

westmorlandlife;6868047

Did you agree to the terms originally?my dad's a plumber/heating engineer … Did you agree to the terms originally?my dad's a plumber/heating engineer and usually bills for equiptment and labour at the end of a contract, unfortunately on smaller jobs for individuals rather than companies he is cautious doing this now owing to the odd shyster that tries to renegotiate the price at the end or tells him they have fallen on hard times and can't pay the full amount anymore. if you agreed to this terms you should honour the contract especially as you have said he is doing a good job. or are you after a "discount" at the end?



Apparently, your dad is a cowboy.

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tonyg1962;6868024

Is the company you bought from guaranteeing the fitters work or did you … Is the company you bought from guaranteeing the fitters work or did you hire him yourself ?



The company use this fitter

urbanlegend11;6868253

The company use this fitter



Well then you have no problem as your contract is with the company to supply and fit and if you have any problems they are responsible :-)
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