Advanced search

Feeling a bit ripped off

(44 Posts)
restofthetimes Fri 09-Feb-18 16:05:33

aibu to think that a handyman who costs £30 per hour and stays for for 3 hours and 15 mins should not ask for £120?

He was round earlier on, asked for £120 when he left and I agreed. On reflection, I have since texted him to say I'm transferring £100, he said not, then I offered £105 but he's insisted on £120.

I have paid him £120 now as a bit scared of him and its not worth it for £15.

I should have confirmed about part of hours beforehand I know. But feeling ripped off.

MissionItsPossible Fri 09-Feb-18 16:09:22

I wouldn't have agreed but in your scenario you did the right thing. You can't agree to something while he's there and then say you're going to pay something else after he leaves. But YANBU to feel ripped off. Lesson learned though 👍🏽 Sort out quarter/half hours upfront although some people won't will class anything over the hour as a full hour so find that out too.

Snowydaysarehere Fri 09-Feb-18 16:10:27

Make sure you give his business a suitable review op...

Seniorcitizen1 Fri 09-Feb-18 16:12:13

I am a consultant and charge by the hour or part thereof - so £120 seems fair to me for the three plus hours her worked @ £30 per hour

firsttimekat Fri 09-Feb-18 16:14:05

I thought it was pretty standard for them to charge for the full hour even if they only work part of it. Not sure it's fair but usually it's set out upfront '£30 per hour or part there of' or some such?

ImMissHannigan Fri 09-Feb-18 16:14:19

Did the job just happen to take over the 3 hours, therefore pushing his price up 🤔

Biggreygoose Fri 09-Feb-18 16:14:30

Thats a Standard charging procedure. Parts of hours get rounded up.

YABVU to agree payment and then change your mind.

restofthetimes Fri 09-Feb-18 16:14:47

The reason I hired him was because he said "i'm £30 ph but I work quick", so didn't expect that. Definitely lesson learned.

Biggreygoose Fri 09-Feb-18 16:16:31

He may well have worked quickly, or not.

Has nothing to do with his payment structure.

TryAgainAndAgain Fri 09-Feb-18 16:22:40

£30 and hour for a tradesman is very reasonable so at least you've not been ripped off there.

It depends on what he says he charges. 💁🏻 If he says he charges £30 per hour and part hour then t ok.

Has he a website? Does he charge fir travel? Did he have to get anything for you? Did he come around and give you a quote or estimate?

HollyBayTree Fri 09-Feb-18 16:25:17

Hour or part thereof.

So unless he stopped for a 2 hour teabreak YABU

restofthetimes Fri 09-Feb-18 16:35:39

Doesn’t say hour or part thereof anywhere, he doesn’t have a website and didn’t discuss terms, just an hourly rate. Steep, but he said he was quick.
Wibu to review his listing along the lines of ‘good work but check the pricing structure before he starts’?

CuriousaboutSamphire Fri 09-Feb-18 16:40:29

Well, you could...but as it was your error and he didn't lie to you, you could well be stirring up a hornet's nest.

He hasn't done anything wrong. As pps have said, it is standard practice, you haven't been ripped off.

So yes, YABU!

chickenowner Fri 09-Feb-18 16:43:05

A handyman earns £30 per hour? That's crazy!

I'm now considering packing in teaching and changing my career.

restofthetimes Fri 09-Feb-18 16:43:05

I wish I’d found a few more things for him to do in this case to fill up 45 mins extra.

SandAndSea Fri 09-Feb-18 16:45:30

I think this is why my plumber always stands around chatting over a cuppa.

LIZS Fri 09-Feb-18 16:46:49

Yes it is normal to round up.

greendale17 Fri 09-Feb-18 16:47:21

I certainly wouldn’t pay £30 for a generic handyman!

Anyway yes I would feel ripped off. I imagine he does that with all his customers- happens to go 10 or 15 minutes over

upsideup Fri 09-Feb-18 16:48:53

Why not check before hand? Its pretty standard to round up though, he had to work so much of the 4th hour for you meaning that hour wasnt free for him to do something else. You could of argued less than £120 when he was there and he may of agreed but you were being unreasonable to then later after he has done the work and you have agreed to pay him so much just tell him you are paying less, you did the right thing by paying him what you agreed.

Mailawaymailawaymailaway Fri 09-Feb-18 16:49:44

He isn't unreasonable to expect payment per hour. However, he is unreasonable to have gone home after the last 15 minutes without making you aware that you had 45 minutes left.

The last time I had a plumber out, he completed his work then said to me, "right, you've got me for another half hour, is there anything else I can help you with?" He ended up chatting to me about my plans to rehaul the heating to fill that half hour - it's not what he came for, but I got value out of it. Now, that's an arrangement that is fair to both parties.

TheNoseyProject Fri 09-Feb-18 16:52:00

Yanbu. You agreed a price and you pay it. You should not leave him a crappy review. Not least as that’s cheap for a handy man and you’ve already said you’re scared of him. If he started a CF thread I’d side with him.

PrincessLuna Fri 09-Feb-18 16:52:01

However he is going to charge is ok as long as he clearly communicates it to the customer and this would seem to be where he’s gone wrong. So yanbu.

restofthetimes Fri 09-Feb-18 16:55:12

I don’t think it’s crappy to warn others to check his pricing carefully. If I’d read that I would probably not have got caught out.

ThePinkOcelot Fri 09-Feb-18 16:58:37

Was thinking the same thing Chicken. £30 per hour?!

I don’t think you are being unreasonable actually. He didn’t work the last hour in full, so should have charged you accordingly!

Abra1de Fri 09-Feb-18 16:59:35

Wow! When I charge by the hour for freelance editing I never round up. What’s so hard about doing it to the nearest quarter hour? I would feel as though I were diddling my clients.

Join the discussion

Registering is free, easy, and means you can join in the discussion, watch threads, get discounts, win prizes and lots more.

Register now »

Already registered? Log in with: