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Prior to lockdown I had about 6 tradesmen price my garden for paving. Apart from one who quoted a third more than anyone else and wanted more than cost of materials up front, none of them took the job or got back to me.

Finally I found someone but lockdown delayed things and now he too is ignoring all attempts to pin him down. The worst part is I made a start (whilst building fairy garden) in preparing rest of garden ready for him to start and it now looks an absolute mess. Why is it so hard to get decent tradesmen these days?

I am tearing my hair out at the thought of going all through viewing and pricing again!

Lynibis
1 month ago
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lilyflower
lilyflower1 month ago

Lynibis maybe perhaps the tradesman you found and was willing to start has been struck down by COVID or family members have and he is struggling to get back to normal.

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Lynibis
Lynibis
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1 month ago

Yes, I did fleetingly think of that but hoped maybe someone might have texted my son as he is a friend of the guy and their kids are mates too.

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lilyflower
lilyflower1 month ago

LynibisCan your son contact him and ask, as a friend?

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Lynibis
Lynibis
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1 month ago

lilyflower he has tried but no reply. We don't know if he just doesn't want the work or family problems/illness. The kids have not been to football since lockdown so cannot see him there. They go different schools.

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Nino786
Nino7861 month ago

I normally put a few posts on Facebook groups and get a lot of replies.

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Lynibis
Lynibis
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1 month ago

Unfortunately I am not on any type of social media so have to do it the hard way lol.

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Mango4
Mango41 month ago

Strange breed tradesman, they go into business offering a service and then don't want to do the jobs they are offered, always baffled me why it's so difficult to get a tradesman to do a job at a reasonable price. I've been trying for eighteen months to get someone to replace our guttering and down pipes front and back, but either they don't turn up, want silly money or avoid coming back to you with prices at all . If it wasn't for the height and needing ladders or scaffolding I would do it myself.

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Lynibis
Lynibis
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1 month ago

It is the not getting back to you that bugs me. I get that they are busy as Johnny says but going out to view a job and quote on it I am sure is reflected in their cost. You wait for them to reply and by the time you realise they aren't going to you could have been asking others.

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Lynibis
Lynibis
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1 month ago

Mango4 thinking of your problem I have always had jobs like that done by companies who have their own staff and have someone come and do a detailed quote and then wait to hear from you rather than the other way round. I had mine done by a local company called Smiths. However, make sure you haggle. My son got the cost of my conservatory down from 17.5k to 8.25k. They must have still made a profit so it just goes to show! That is why we treated the workman so well as in my reply to Johnny.

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Mango4
Mango41 month ago

Lynibis Thank you, have tried several over the past eighteen months but either they don't turn up, or are not that interested in the job, don't think it's really a big enough job for most to fair.

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Lynibis
Lynibis
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1 month ago

Mango4 I am surprised as brand name companies like everest, Crystal windows etc rarely turn down work. Looks like you are having same trials as me!

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Mango4
Mango41 month ago

Lynibis Maybe haven't tried them to be fair, honestly didn't think large national companies like that would have been interested in such a small job,been trying local companies and tradesman but you may have a point, I may give them a call in a few weeks when things get back to some form of normal. Thanks👍

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angemski
angemski1 month ago

The problem will get worse when the current situation improves. The trades will be able to pick and choose the jobs that most people are desperate for and they will increase their charges. I guess they will make up for the loss of wages incurred if they were self employed and unable to get any support.

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Lynibis
Lynibis
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1 month ago

You are right angemski, they can pick and choose anyway as there is so much demand so they will always go with the folk who are prepared to pay inflated prices or don't quibble. If they can do 1 job for 3k taking 3 days they will do that rather than 2 x 2k jobs taking 5/6 days.

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Johnny
Johnny1 month ago

I think part of the problem is people getting too many quotes. Visiting the site and preparing a quote becomes an expensive waste of time for a tradesman who doesn't get the business. 3 quotes should be ample is you choose your tradesmen carefully to begin with and get recommendations. Getting too many quotes pushes the price up for everyone else! At the end of the day few tradesmen want to, or can afford to, do work at rock bottom prices.

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Lynibis
Lynibis
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1 month ago

I can see where you are coming from Johnny but I am one of those weird people who will pay a good price for a good job and not necessarily go for the cheapest. I always add a bonus if the job is done on time and they don't leave a mess.

Even the man who did my conservatory (working for a company so on fixed wage) got a tip from my son and wine and tin of biscuits from me. I kept him supplied with coffee, sandwiches and biscuits and when he left said it was the best job he had ever been to.

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lornaae
lornaae1 month ago

I think understandably many are not working just as those with office jobs aren't, if it isn't essential/emergency work a lot of work is not happening right now, which is necessary to be safe.

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Lynibis
Lynibis
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1 month ago

You misunderstand. I don't want him to do it until he feels safe to do it....I just want to know if he still wants the job.

Anyway, now we are allowed to have garden visits he could begin the work if he wanted to earn some money. I have side access to garden, a conservatory with electric supply and I could stay behind the sliding door into house so he would be safe. Also I have had no contact with anyone since 22nd March so my house and I are covid free, I am the one at risk.

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Lynibis
Lynibis
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26 days ago

Well acting on advice given on this thread I asked a few friends to put a message on Facebook asking for recommendations. I got three replies and phoned them all. Very eager to come round but only 1 actually came and he quoted £1100 more than the highest of the previous lot before lockdown!

Getting really fed up now as my garden is a tip where I had already started prepping ready for the guy who said he would do it. Doesn't add to my sense of well being not being able to enjoy my garden. But hey I don't want to whinge as I fully appreciate I am lucky to have a garden and feel for those who don't.

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Ann1984
Ann198426 days ago

Lynibis have you got the next door neighbour app if don't use social media might have something on there. My neighbour had to kids in college that are training to be landscapers in and cost quarter of businesses. Worth ago if you already done prep for them. Gives them experience

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