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Am I being fleeced London Plumber rates

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MrsMarigold Mon 01-Feb-16 16:44:03

Ok if you can get someone to come it's a bloody miracle, then AIBU to think £80 call out rate is excessive. Then £60 on top of that for a few valves and a washer and labour. I feel this is taking the piss. He was here less than an hour. I've told him to invoice but DH will flip.

I had a really bad experience with someone from rated people with a guy who was very belligerent and tried to assault me. So I used a local recommendation this time but now I feel I've been overcharged, I do feel if you are female and sound posh they charge you more, what do you think?

MrsMarigold Mon 01-Feb-16 16:52:56

Paging PigletJohn.

SwearyGodmother Mon 01-Feb-16 16:54:52

Sounds cheaper than Pimlico Plumbers (the service you only ever use once...)

Honestly I don't know if you're being fleeced but if it fixes things does it really, really matter?

NotAWhaleOmeletteInSight Mon 01-Feb-16 16:56:34

Didn't you discuss call out costs before calling out?

AveEldon Mon 01-Feb-16 16:56:35

sounds cheap to me!

MrsTomFord Mon 01-Feb-16 16:58:24

Sweary, what issues have you had with Pimlico Plumbers? I always use them and have found them great. They are always very polite, efficient and are very quick to come out. I also find Charlie Mullins pretty amusing, but maybe that's just me..

Wendied Mon 01-Feb-16 17:02:23

Sounds cheap to me. I've called plumbers to come to us in central London and paid much more than that.

UnderCrackers5 Mon 01-Feb-16 17:03:16

I had the plumber out last week. £60 for the first hour, £30 for each hour after that
plus parts

SwearyGodmother Mon 01-Feb-16 17:05:40

Lucky you MrsTom - I used them once, the guy was unspeakably rude and spent over 30 minutes filling my sink and then emptying it (he came to fit a tap) having turned up without the bits needed to do the job that were all specified when I booked - and then charged me the hourly rate to go back to the depot and pick them up. Then he told me our electric boiler needed replacing so I said I'd speak to DH about it. We had the boiler checked by someone else because I thought he was trying it on and we were told it was fine - and 8 years later it's still going strong with no problems. I particularly enjoyed the chap telling me he was "doing you (me) a favour" when he turned up 4 hours early for a booked job that I was paying £££ for and I suggested it would have been easier for him to come at the time booked!

Recently I bumped into a neighbour who was spitting with fury because something very similar had just happened to him.

I appreciate it's anecdotal but I was so unimpressed by the chap who came to us I vowed never to use them. And that opinion was then supported by my neighbour's experience.

MrsMarigold Mon 01-Feb-16 17:08:06

Pimlico Plumbers are a rip off, but at least they don't assault you, but they do charge for a quote not even lawyers do that! I phoned the local plumbers merchant who told me this plumber is taking the piss and I should pull him up over it. In my desperation, water flooding through the ceiling I forgot to ask for initial price. Duh!

MrsTomFord Mon 01-Feb-16 17:11:04

I'm sorry to hear that, Sweary. We've always had good service but this is more recently, maybe things have changed since your bad experience.

I have worried about using smaller firms, as one were very threatening with our housekeeper a while ago. We've used PP since as we felt we could trust them.

MrsMarigold Mon 01-Feb-16 17:20:48

I think there are some excellent smaller firms, although they are often super busy all the time, however there are a lot of cowboys and sadly in an emergency one often gets lumped with the idiots.

Sallyingforth Mon 01-Feb-16 17:33:20

I have a great local plumber, does a quick clean job and doesn't charge a fortune. But because of that he's very busy and can't always come soon enough. I've had to stop recommending him!

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