- getting quotes off tradesmen
I fit Kitchens and Bathrooms and will say that this is the busiest time of year for our trade, I’m currently booked up until December.
If a new enquiry comes in I will ring back straight away because if I don’t I tend to forget entirely! I will always state what my lead time is before I even offer to go for a look, as it’s pointless for both if I can’t do it in a reasonable time. You’d be surprised how may people expect you to be sitting around at home waiting for the phone to ring.
Last week I looked at a Bathroom job and it took 7 days before I even had time to price it up as I’ve been doing 12hrs a day for the last 4 weeks.
It’s bad form TBH though if people can’t even reply to a phone call.Posted 4 years agoScottCheggMember
I think all trades seem to have more work than they can handle.
Had awful trouble last year getting kitchen blokes in.
Having an extension, so wanted builders. Rang 5, only one turned up. Supposed to be staring on Monday because the scaffolders came out on Friday. Actually no they didn’t.
It’s an underworld of broken promises and missed appointments. I’m not that hopeful anyone will show up on Monday to be honest.Posted 4 years ago
Is it just me or is it really that hard, rang 4-5 so far and so far only managed to speak to one person and waiting for them to let me know when they are free to do a quote (if they remember).
All i want is a new bathroom is it really that hard to find someone who will return a call, i except people are busy and leaving messages on voicemail is what is going to happen. Just the never getting back to you.Posted 4 years agonickjbSubscriber
I had a load of difficulty get a builder. Over the course of a few weeks I must have tried a dozen. About half didn’t return my call, a few didn’t turn up and I only ended up with one actual quote.
I’m struggling to find somebody for my bathroom too.
Know anybody around the Bristol area?
Don at http://www.easyplumbbristol.co.uk/ is a good chap.Posted 4 years agogears_suckMember
It depends what you’re asking for. I get calls from people who want a quote to fit a bathroom. They go have a look round B and Q, find a suite for £200-£250 and then want you to come fit it. It’s not till you get there they inform you that they want the loo on the opposite wall, a low profile shower tray, a towel rail instead of a rad, tiled floor and walls tiled floor to ceiling etc etc.Posted 4 years ago
They you come back a few days or a week later with your price of about 6 and a half grand and they think you’re taking the piss.
I’m not suggesting for a minute you’re one of those people and It’s a bad idea to prej-udge your potential customers, but I know of fitters that do.
Having said all that, I always try to contact people who call me. Even if it’s to tell them I can’t do the work.
As blazin saddles said, I ts a super busy time of year and a lot of guys are already booked solid. I don’t have any available time in my diary until Chritmas and most people don’t want you ripping out their bathroom at that time so everyone is trying to get stuff done before then. I’d say you’ve left it a bit late in the year TBH
I’d say you’ve left it a bit late in the year TBH
only bought the house recently, so timing not really mine.
Other issue, the work needing doing by the sounds of it might be an issue, ie can’t really squeeze it in needs a few days???
Cheltenham if anyone wants to know.
Small room, but needs new ceiling where water leaked from flat roof above, walls need doing, tile/board/paint, new bath, new floor, etc….
At this moment i don’t actually know what is taking the piss, what is going rate etc. as i can’t get a quote to know what i going to have to pay.
I have managed to get an appointment with Wickes, which i guess is going to be on the expensive side, but somewhere to start.Posted 4 years agoprojectMember
The weirsd thing is every October is busy for the house tradesmen, where mostly women decide they want new doors, windows, kitchen or bathroom for christmas, so they ring round various tradesmen and are surprised we are busy, perhaps wait till january when its quiet for us and the sheds have their sales on.
There has also been a huge move away from self employed work for a lot of tradesmen to a paid weekly /monthly set hours job, due to the current ecconomic situation, and more office and house building going on,then there are the older chaps retiring and no new blod coming into the seldf employed trades.
If you want a responce from tradesmen, phrase the conversation so it sounds worth their while to come and spend time with you.Posted 4 years ago
Phrases like, i could do it myself, or my son/brother/uncle/milkman is a plumber, but is to busy to do the work,i want a cheap job,ill provide all the stuff you just do the labouring,but i want pay you for waiting round if i forget something or it doesnt fit or arrive.and when we arrive dont tell us to take our shoes off,because you have absolutely no chance of getting an estimate .totalshellSubscriber
got to agree with the last paragraph of projects long post.. i know how to do stuff i earn a living doing it well.. so dont start by telling me how expensive my quotes are how stuff at b@Q is only 250 so i should be able to get it for 100 trade and how much less is it for cash and telling me how long it should take.
tell me what you aspire to let us have a two way conversation and we can work together..
i am way busier than i want to be every day.Posted 4 years ago
next week is booked solid for one man doing soley 90 minute repairs, my labourer has 7 days work to do in 5
tommorow i m scheduled to start with a service at 9am a commission and electrical work at 10 a boiler service at noon a new cooker at 1.30 a landlord inspection and remidial work till 5 a new thermostat/ controller and a meeting with an ongoing contract/ client at 6.30, then i can get round to to the folks wanting quotes etc.freeagentMember
We had similar trouble earlier this year trying to find a builder to do our extension/loft conversion.
Probably spoke to 6 or 7…Posted 4 years ago
one turned up and promised the earth, then we never heard from him again, another turned up and made it sound like we’d be doing him a favor, thankfully we never heard from him again.
Another gave us a competitive quote, then changed him mind and didn’t want to do it.
We ended up going with the only one who actually wanted to do the job, which worked out OK as they were great, but it would have been nice to have a choice.
we were amazed how difficult it was to find someone to take £70k off us!
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