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isk57

EF Member
Hi people
I’ve recently given a customer a quote for a board change on a 1970 property which needs 2 x 6way boards “small space “
And installing a 40mtr supply to the bottom of a garden for a hot tub which has to be clipped half way and underground for 10mtrs
So it’s 2 days Labour and materials
835 pound he’s moaned and said it’s far to expensive I think I’m about right , thoughts please
 

Dustydazzler

Regular EF Member
Hi people
I’ve recently given a customer a quote for a board change on a 1970 property which needs 2 x 6way boards “small space “
And installing a 40mtr supply to the bottom of a garden for a hot tub which has to be clipped half way and underground for 10mtrs
So it’s 2 days Labour and materials
835 pound he’s moaned and said it’s far to expensive I think I’m about right , thoughts please
You are far Too cheap...

Here would be my own break down of rates,
£45 per hour labour x 16 = £720
Materials very rough gestimate £300 ish

So my quote/estimate would come out about a grand

Take it or leave it
 

Murdoch

Electrician's Arms
You are far Too cheap...

Here would be my own break down of rates,
£45 per hour labour x 16 = £720
Materials very rough gestimate £300 ish

So my quote/estimate would come out about a grand

Take it or leave it
Op has location as Wales .... very different to Surrey
 

Dustydazzler

Regular EF Member
Op has location as Wales .... very different to Surrey
Yes

So his price of 850 quid would be about correct with the regional price correction?

A grand for that job in Surrey is about right maybe even a bit on the cheap side , £1500 in the posh parts
 

Wilko

Electrician's Arms
I think it sounds about right. Digging always seems to take longer and be harder than I estimate in quotes, so maybe encourage the chap to do it himself?
 

Dustydazzler

Regular EF Member
I think it sounds about right. Digging always seems to take longer and be harder than I estimate in quotes, so maybe encourage the chap to do it himself?
This^^

When you are digging , moving stuff like furniture , clearing space in lofts or in broom cupboards for access etc then time just seems to disappear and what should take about half a day job quickly becomes a full days work.

Customers just don't appreciate the amount of time wasted when they have lofts full for carp we have to shove out the way just to run in a couple cables. Which in a clear empty loft would take minutes.
 

Dustydazzler

Regular EF Member
Sometimes we are just very expensive labourers
Nail well and truly struck

Just think on say a re-wire how much actual 'wiring' a sparks actually does. Its probably less than 50% of actual time on site.

The other 50% is spent moving crap , pulling carpets , chopping walls and playing mr removals in the loft.
But if joe bloggs wants to pay us £150 to re-arrange their attic then so be it
 
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happyhippydad

Member
Electrician's Arms
I agree with most of the above. The price sounds spot on.

I have just put my prices up and at long last I am losing some quotes rather than getting them all, so I'd say I'm about right.
You have to lose some quotes otherwise it means you are too cheap.

You could charge £25 p/hour and get 50 hours of work p/week accepted = £1250 or £35 p/hour and get 40 hours p/week accepted = £1400. This is obviously a clumsy example, but you get the drift. You just have to find the right balance between price and amount of work received.

Ps... a plumber I know charges £50 p/hour. His aim is to do 2-3 hours per day (as he is lazy) and he gets it, but rarely gets more.
I only used him once!
 

James the Spark1976

electricity is it real or just magic?
Electrician's Arms
You’re priceing seems about right to me, has he waived another quote at you to show other people cheaper?
 

Dustydazzler

Regular EF Member
I agree with most of the above. The price sounds spot on.

I have just put my prices up and at long last I am losing some quotes rather than getting them all, so I'd say I'm about right.
You have to lose some quotes otherwise it means you are too cheap.

You could charge £25 p/hour and get 50 hours of work p/week accepted = £1250 or £35 p/hour and get 40 hours p/week accepted = £1400. This is obviously a clumsy example, but you get the drift. You just have to find the right balance between price and amount of work received.

Ps... a plumber I know charges £50 p/hour. His aim is to do 2-3 hours per day (as he is lazy) and he gets it, but rarely gets more.
I only used him once!


The plumber my parents use in a very old friend or a friend. He is £85 per hour call out small jobs

They like him , trust him and are happy to pay him

He is semi retired an only works on a Monday and Tuesday
 

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