I live near Portsmouth. I wanted cavity insulation and went to British
Gas, who sent a surveyor to my house to have a look. The cost of the cavity
insulation, including fitting three vents was in excess of £350. The
surveyor said it was a lot of money to pay and that there were cheaper
alternatives. Next thing I know he whips out a pile of estimate forms
belonging to a company that has nothing to do with British Gas. Apparently
they will do the same work for £160. I checked the company on the internet,
then rang them, they are real and they are quite big as well. The surveyor
said that the work would involve two men working for approx 4.5 hours. Thats
9 hours of work.
If the materials cost £50 then that leaves £90. Take away the companies
profit and then see whats left to pay the two employees. Something does not
make sense here. Any comments appreciated.
No subsidy from anywhere. The surveyor put me in contact with a familly that
had used this company for their cavity insulation and they were quite happy
about the work. This familly did say though that the cavity insulation
company were charging about £1000 for the same work if they were "doing it
for British Gas". I did'ny query that
I had CW insulation installed last year. I dealt directly with the company.
The total cost was £338, the grant was £150 so I paid £188. If the company
will do your job for £160 they will receive grant money of about the same
amount, so your calculations don't make sense. The work probably costs about
£300 to £350 but you only have to pay the £160 after the grant subsidy.
British Gas don't do CW insulation, they sub-contract the work to a CW
insulation company and charge you commission. Regarding the BG price being
in excess of £350, does this include or exclude the grant? If it includes
the grant, so that you have to pay roughly half of £350, it sounds about
right bearing in mind the commission that BG have added. But if BG want to
charge you £350 excluding the grant then that sounds like a rip-off. Has
this 'surveyor' been entirely honest with you?
I checked with my local council about grants and they said I was not
entitled to any. The surveyor told me to ring British Gas and tell them
that I had found another company to carry out the work. As far as I can see
the £160 is what the company charged for the work. Where else are they
going to get the extra couple of hundred to top up their profits? By the
way, I have moved the geographical location and altered the sums involved by
about 15% to protect the ID of the company.
When I had mine done the grant was a central gov one and the company did
all the paperwork, I just signed a form for the work paid me £200 and
they did the rest. I did see an advert for cavity wall insulation
grants last year so they are still available.
BG are always expensive but that said I would have thought their quote
would have included the same grant.
Ask the company they won't be trying to hide the fact that it's grant aided.
On the house.co.uk web site (BGs own) the cost for cavity wall installation
for a 4 bed detached is £274. I've just applied last week, had the surveyor
round within a few days and the work is being carried out on 5th March for
the same £274. CW company seemed very professional and gave me confidence
that they'd do a good job. This price was after the grant had been applied
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