I have been trying to find a builder for some time. Previously had no success, as they would come, have a look at the job, go off to prepare their quote and we'd never hear from them again.
I gave up for a while, but called another couple of firms last week. Both turned up when they said they would, looking presentable, treated me with respect, had sensible suggestions about what was required and came back to me with their price within a few days. Both had been recommended by friends/neighbours and both knew that. One quote is £2600, the other £7900. Why? I'm a bit scared to take the cheaper one now, (get what you pay for and all that) although, as it's apparently only a week's work for 2 men, that doesn't seem that cheap. How does the dearer firm have the front? They seemed offended that we had the cheek to get another price
The job is to remove a few 1970's decorative features, put up a stud wall with door and re-plaster 2 large rooms, inc ceilings, coving and skirting boards. Quotes include all materials apart from the door. No decorating.
Both are plus VAT. I have an itemised quote from the cheaper one, but not the other, but as everything is there for the first one, can't see where the 2nd can add another £5k+
I would go with the cheaper. Some builders just take the p**s. We were quoted 3 times for an extension, with a disparity of £25k between the highest and the lowest. We took the lowest, a smaller firm, and it was great.