What is a reasonable price for a plumber to charge to replace a very accessible pump in a central heating sytem?
I ask because a plumber wanted 260GBP from a couple in their 80s to do the job..including 160GBP for the pump.
I happened to be there when the plumber called and simply couldn't believe he would try to charge so much.
In the end, I offered to do the job for them. It took 15 mins to nip down the road to the nearest plumber's merchant to buy an identical pump (although in retail, rather than "not for resale" packaging) for 60GBP and less than 10 mins to swap it into place.
But is it normal to put a 100GBP+ markup on a pump and charge 100GBP for 15 mins work?
I've never had to employ a plumber.. so have no idea what they do normally charge.
(I did it for a mince pie and a glass of sherry...but then, I don't need to make a living from it)