Working in IT, and having been brought up in a motor repair trade, I am
used to the concept of charging per hour.
However, it seems to me that builders charge more "per job". Is this a
fair assumption ?
Having the roof completely replaced at the moment, with a CheckATrade
approved contractor. The agreed figure is £7,600 for new tiles, dry
valley, verge and ridge tiles, along with refelting rebattening, and new
fascia boards. Because we're a bungalow, there's no scaffolding costs
(just a sodding big roof :().
Firm sent 2 lads today (got here at 8:30 and have just left). They have
removed all the old tiles, and weatherproofed the felt for tonight.
Tomorrow they're to start removing old battens and felt, and start
fitting the new ones, although they think it'll need to be finished on
Sunday. Tomorrow the gaffer will be here too, so that'll be 3 people.
So overall, it's something like 7 or 8 man-days.
No idea how much the parts cost, although there's probably the thick end
of 1,000 tiles. Plus the valley kits etc ... £2,600 ?
Either way, it's hard to shake the feeling that in man-day terms, I'm
looking at £500+/day.
Of course the works figure has to cover overheads and expenses, plus
travelling time, which I appreciate, but £500/day seems a tad steep ?
Or should I just think in terms of price per job ?
AFAICT this is a kosher sum ... I had 3 quotes between £7,500 and £8,000,
so it is what it is.