Always, at least three quotes. I'm not shopping for the cheapest but I want to make sure I'm not being cheated and also having three workmen to choose from means I can go with one I trust and feel comfortable with. Once I have a preferred workman for a particular kind of job, if it's just something small then I will use them without getting a quote.
I am constantly renovating and have come to believe that the trades are unreliable and prone to take advantage of you at every opportunity.
Three quotes gives you a range of prices ,quality, schedule control and a fall back position if one of them lets you down.
The best trick I have learned is never use the trades who appear on the first 2 or three pages of Google as they have too much work and overcharge. Companies back on pages 4 to 8 are less in demand and want to win the task. They also have lower overheads as they are not investing so much money in S.E.O paying too much because you like or trust them is just encouraging inflation. Choose your trade carefully.
I often don't seek to get more than one quote. If a workman has been highly recommended by people I know then I'd work with the price they give. I rather to pay a little more to get good service than go cheap and get shabby service.
I think you have too.
I got 6 quotes, and only one was the man for the job.
He was the most expensive, but I knew he could do the job....and no problems would come out of it.
Some wanted to cut corners, some showed up looking and sounding dreadful!
So you really do get what you pay for.
I have had a few clowns years ago, and I never want that stress ever again.
It all depends on the job and whether I have had a personal recommendation from someone who I trust. When I do not know any one who can give me good feedback I will definitely get 2 or 3 quotes,and always make sure that the work to be done is listed on the written quote with the price!
Always a minimum of 3 quotes. I have had quotes for jobs vary by up to a few thousand dollars. For instance my pool needs repairing I had 2 quotes for 13000, which is ludicrous in my opinion. After ringing at least another half a dozen I found a company who will repair it for $9000.
No, I'm usually too stunned by the first quote.
Seriously, yes I do but sometimes I end up going with the person I "feel more comfortable" with. I can't bear being in the house for a couple of hours with someone I don't particularly trust. I also inevitably seem to prefer older tradies.
Always look for a few quotes. Sadly, recently made contact with 6 plasterers.. Only three responded. One was slower to write quote after lots of promises. Another v casualmand way toomcheqp. Gave job to otherbwhomshowed up, verbal quote and did job well. Very nice guy too, fine to have in house which is a bonus.
No recession for,plasterers then!
We never get a tradesperson to do jobs around the house. That's why all the tops of the taps keep falling off, why our 2 loos don't work probably, why the oven hasn't worked for about 6 years, nor the stove.