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TrixieBlue2016 Thu 10-Mar-16 14:37:42

I am going to get my very small back garden tidied, getting rid of leaves and weeds so it is ready for planting.

Its not a big job but the digging required is too much for me and DH. I had a heart attack at 32 last year and DH has a broken leg.

I have had two quotes 1 for £300 and one for £20 total. The person who quoted just £20 came this morning to see the garden. I thought he ment £20 an hour which is reasonable, but no he ment £20 total. I double checked the price as his English wasn't very good (he was Polish).

I will be using the person from this morning as he was on time and seemed like a nice man but feel bad about just giving him £20 for what will be a few hours digging. I thought I would double it to £40 at least ( I had budgeted £100). I have mentioned the quotes to people at work who all think I should just pay £20 as the man asked. This seems a bit stingy to me.

Aibu to pay him more than asked? Do you think he would be offended?

Lanark2 Thu 10-Mar-16 14:40:10

No, I think it's a great idea. He has clearly priced to be nice to you, and it will make his day if you can be nice back, and you will gain someone you can call on easily too. Its a win win.

lunar1 Thu 10-Mar-16 14:40:14

I'd pay the extra too, at least minimum wage.

Katedotness1963 Thu 10-Mar-16 14:40:43

I would pay more. The man who came to cut my grass charged £25 and that was for a tiny council house garden.

FauxFox Thu 10-Mar-16 14:40:52

I would offer £40 if he does a good job & possibly ask him to come back once a month to help out with things regularly. (I would also ply him with tea and biscuits grin)

You are nice.

nephrofox Thu 10-Mar-16 14:44:08

I'd pay him £10 per hour plus drinks and cake.

Lweji Thu 10-Mar-16 14:44:11

I'd work out something at about £10 or a bit less per hour.

The £300 quote seems like a rip off.

CurlyBlueberry Thu 10-Mar-16 14:44:50

I've had a similar situation, I had someone come round to make some fitted shelving for me. He only wanted £20 for about three hours' work - I live in London, and this was covering materials too, and he'd done such a good job. I gave him £30 and insisted he took it, I would have felt too bad otherwise. I think he only really did it as a hobby, he seemed a bit lonely to be honest! But still, he deserved fair pay for his work.

leelu66 Thu 10-Mar-16 14:45:38

Maybe pay £10ph or work he does?


Arfarfanarf Thu 10-Mar-16 15:00:37

I would note his hours and give him a bonus according to hours it took and the quality of work. I wouldn't tell him this in advance, but give it afterwards.

Yes, £20 is too little for that work. It feels like taking advantage of someone's need for money.

Sandalwearingdoglady Thu 10-Mar-16 15:06:52

We had two guys help us move house. They worked their socks off from 9-3 and did 3 1 hour round trips. They charged us £120. They were so great we gave them £160. We used them again this morning yo shift some furniture for us and they refused any money so we paid them in cakesmile it's nice to do nice things for nice people.

MissBeaHaving Thu 10-Mar-16 15:25:14

I would round it up £10 an hour also,digging is hard work & I would feel like I was taking advantage giving him just £20.

I'm desperate for help in my garden,I'd love to find someone who didn't charge over the odds.

WhereYouLeftIt Thu 10-Mar-16 15:26:40

I would definitely pay him more than £20. You thought £20/hour was reasonable, so I'd go with that. Plus tea and biscuits/cake, and a suggestion that the work he's doing is worth that.

Pinkheart5915 Thu 10-Mar-16 15:29:06

Aren't you lovely.

I would certainly pay £15-£20 per hour I'm sure he wouldn't be offended. Also give him a few cups of tea and cake.

HanYOLO Thu 10-Mar-16 15:37:55

How long will it take him?

I'd have to pay more than £20. It makes me think he must be desperate.

oldlaundbooth Thu 10-Mar-16 15:43:20

He will not be offended.

As PP have said, tea and cake is standard issue.

ThomasRichard Thu 10-Mar-16 15:45:11

Yes, I would do that too. I would hate to feel that I was taking advantage of someone.

assuming its a cash in hand job and he was not going to be penalised anywhere ie: benefits/ tax etc then I would certainly pay more according to how long he takes and satisfaction with the job done.

shovetheholly Thu 10-Mar-16 15:56:34

I'm so sorry to hear about your health problems flowers

Do feel free to join us in the gardening forum! Oh, and yes, I'd pay him more. Digging is back-breaking work.

scarlets Thu 10-Mar-16 16:03:16

I'd wait until the job was finished and say something like, "great job - here's your money, with a tip" and hand over an extra tenner. Make sure that you recommend him to friends, too.

MrsPear Thu 10-Mar-16 16:08:34

My brother charges £12 p/h but he has basic qualifications. I would see he does and then give him his wage with tip if he does a good job.
Oh and my brother has favourite clients who he works extra hard for and they offer the best cakes!

Ilovetorrentialrain Thu 10-Mar-16 16:17:54

OP is there any chance he has massively underestimated the job?

I'd agree with c. £10 p.h. in any case.

TrixieBlue2016 Thu 10-Mar-16 16:19:55

The man has texted to say he would be bringing a friend to help but the price remains £20.shock He said it should take them 2 hours. I just can't pay them so little sad

I've texted DH that we'll pay each man £15 an hour plus £15 so for the 2 hours they will get £45 plus DH's manky tea and coffee

I got his number from a friend who apparently just paid him what he asked. I can only imagine how little that was as she had a massive and very overgrown garden.

TomHaverford Thu 10-Mar-16 16:28:38

Sounds a great idea. It might be his first job of the type and is desperate to get his foot in?

8angle Thu 10-Mar-16 16:33:05

I would wait to see what sort of a job he does before deciding what to pay! but if they do a good job in a short amount of time i would definitely give them a "tip" - as you suggested £25 sounds good

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