1 Sep 2017 18:06
Hearing good stuff about atmos stuff so may spend the extra and go for that
20 Sep 2017 13:42
Looking for a bit of advice. I'm currently undergoing a full house renovation and going through recent invoices from my builder (which are itemised), I've noticed he's been over-charging me significantly for materials.
Approx materials invoiced cost: £4,000
Approx market cost: £2,600 (sourced from wickes, toolstation and screwfix)
Approx over-invoice: £1,400
I understand that traditionally builders have used materials to make extra margin, and also get that he's taking time, labour, petrol etc. to source these so that I don't have to - so would expect prices to be a little above the sources, however the above amount is pretty significant.
He's approx 2/3 through the job so need to be careful how I approach this - appreciate any thoughts…
20 Sep 2017 14:57
I've never had a full refurb done, but when I had my central heating fitting, and lounge renovated, both tradesmen were happy to provide me with the receipts for the materials purchased for the jobs. Maybe ask him and he might find a few 'errors' in his calculations and re-price - or he might knock fuck out of you.
20 Sep 2017 15:04
Are you definitely comparing like for like?
20 Sep 2017 15:13
yeah, definitely - the odd thing is, he's itemised everything (literally hiding in plain site) pretty much down to the brand:
e.g. VARILIGHT SCREWLESS - 1 Gang 2 Way 400W LED Dimmer
Builder Invoice: £22.68
20 Sep 2017 17:14
Bit cheeky for him to put the link to the direct highstreet price right on there - he's proper mugging you off.
20 Sep 2017 17:48
maybe he just doesn't get the same wholesale prices like the sites u mentioned and all he does is too charge the 'normal' prices provided by the brands?
U mentioned yourself that he does the job u wont wanna do, so even if he makes a little extra it does sound reasonable to me.
maybe i'm a little naive, but just talk to him nice & honestly? U can't really loose anything right?
posted 20 Sep 2017 18:31, edited 20 Sep 2017 18:31
Did you not get a quote/estimate? As long as its in line with what you thought was ok for the overall cost then you can't grumble? Maybe he's charging less for labour and putting the material through as more so he can claim more back? Dunno if it works like that.
1 Oct 2017 17:44
Room divider, is that a new word for curtain? Hospital chic.