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bcm_spark

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Not sure if this is the right section or not.

I priced for a job yesterday to fit a new double socket. There were no sockets nearby that I could come from etc and reckoned that the job would take 2 hours max plus a couple of lengths of YT2, double pattress and a double socket, test and cert for £70 at the most. The lady nearly died!!

Needless to say I haven't got the job and she told me there and then. I've lost a couple of jobs through price but just reckoned I was unlucky. I don't see myself as being cheap cheap but I do a good quality job with quality materials.
 
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beaver74

2hr @28.00 = £50.00

materials 2g skt
2g box
2 lth tunking
7m 2.5 if you can spur
fixture and fitting
fuel to get to job
print out a cert
all for £20.00 dnt worry about it eigther she will ring back or get a polish guy to bo it
 
BCM Spark

Don't fall into the trap of doing jobs for nothing, at 'cost' I mean.

I've recently lost out on a few jobs.
One was a rewire on a 3 bed 17th century Cottage. It wasn't going to be a simple one as you can imagine, crumbling lathe & plaster walls, massive floorboards which won't come up, flat roof Kitchen extension, new earth electrode etc. etc.
Only round the corner from me so went in at about £2700, didn't get the job they found someone at half the price??
We can't compete with the non-Registered, non-insured and probably non-qualified, glorified Handymen who are allowed to garrote our Trade.

Don't get me started!

In seriousness, I feel the Bodies ( NICEIC, NAPIT & ECA) don't seem to be doing anything about it.
 
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kung

BCM Spark

Don't fall into the trap of doing jobs for nothing, at 'cost' I mean.

I've recently lost out on a few jobs.
One was a rewire on a 3 bed 17th century Cottage. It wasn't going to be a simple one as you can imagine, crumbling lathe & plaster walls, massive floorboards which won't come up, flat roof Kitchen extension, new earth electrode etc. etc.
Only round the corner from me so went in at about £2700, didn't get the job they found someone at half the price??
We can't compete with the non-Registered, non-insured and probably non-qualified, glorified Handymen who are allowed to garrote our Trade.

Don't get me started!

In seriousness, I feel the Bodies ( NICEIC, NAPIT & ECA) don't seem to be doing anything about it.
Well said Archie ! i agree 100%
 
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Tapouchoke

No your not that is the going rate
I charge £55 per socket and £35 for minor works
I think these people live in the dark ages and still think a pint cost 2 guineas
This person probably lives in a big house nice car and won’t spend a brass farthing

You are a trade’s man not a painter
sorry for ranting
 

bcm_spark

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Thanks for the comments guys. You are dead right about unqualified persons carrying out electrical work. I have lost a few rewires to these type of people who turn up at the weekend after work with a car full of nicked gear and cobble a rewire together in 2 days with no cert. I thought I was pricing about right but after loosing a few jobs over prices it got me worried i was going wrong somewhere.
 
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Staffie

Yeah, couldn't agree with the above posts. I Recently done a double socket and an outside light, really straight forward job, very short cable runs, YT2 etc. Charged the woman £100

Quoted a 3 bedroomed house with a flat roof kitchen etc for a rewire, pretty big rooms etc. The job was 35 miles from home. To be honest I never wanted the job and just threw in the figure of about £3K max.

Another spark turned up while I was there, he told me he quoted a similar job the other week for £1700! I congratulated him and told him the job was his! He then told me that his £1700 quote had been beat and he never got the job!!!!

I charge £25p/h and I usually add around 20% on top of cost for materials!

You ain't expensive brother!
 
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megaman83

excluding family and friends ill charge £25 an hour or if its a job that i dont particually want ill go sky high. and if i do get the job ( and 1 in 10 i do ) its really worth my while to do it. i didnt train at college for four years to work for peanuts.
 
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Tapouchoke

excluding family and friends ill charge £25 an hour or if its a job that i dont particually want ill go sky high. and if i do get the job ( and 1 in 10 i do ) its really worth my while to do it. i didnt train at college for four years to work for peanuts.

:cool:hear hear
 
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Scott F

Not sure about yt2 but round our way mt2 is slang for mini trunkling or marshall tufflex (a brand) mt2 being the one most used for rewires socket drops etc 2 being the size of it
 
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Guest123

I am new to this and trying to learn, What is YT2??
Hey there.

YT2 is PVC mini trunking for surface wireing, 25x16mm in size.

You get other sizes too - YT0, YT1, YT2, YT3, YT4 etc etc they vary in size from 8x16mm up to 100x100mm which is then PVC maxi trunking.

Cheers:D
 
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pattester

Dont worry BCM its even worse in pat testing. The price has gone down so much in the last couple of years I cant believe anyone can do it properly anymore - specially the big companies offering to do it for almost nothing - its a scandal. dont think the registered bodies are interested in that either
 
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