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If you ever have to get a tradesman in to do a job, do you get more than one quote?

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I oftedn do not get more than one quote.

I get a quote and if the price is reasonable and I really like all that the salesperson has said, I will not always bother with a second or even a third quote.

It may cost me more but I would rather go with someone I am very comfortable with, and trust instinctively.
by Finy
I do shop around just to make sure the price is normal.
by AJ
No I tend not to if I feel it is reasonable but generally I have researched myself a bit..if you know what I mean..
by fran
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 agree!
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.
very good point kstew -will remember that one!
by Finy
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.
totally agree -you put it far better than I did!
by Finy
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!
Yes, two or three, I usually go with the most genuine sounding or willing to help - this usually proves very effective.
by Vee
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!
I do get at least three or four quotes and meet them.
We would normally get at least two quotes unless the tradesperson has come recommended by friends or family. Good tradesmen can be hard to find and we would put a recommendation ahead of price.
Always got THREE! And usually took the median one!
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.
by Miro
We now need a timber walkway built over our 13 uneven stone steps without a railing! I'm getting on now, in my old age, & it's very tiring lugging our heavy suitcases up & down the steps, when we go on holidays & return! So yes, we'll hopefully be getting 3 quotes, & checking out the other jobs the carpenters have done around our area.
by Miro
tradesmen nowadays charge for their time in giving a quote, if you chose them that amount comes off the price .. so, that sorts of stops one from getting several quotes.

Yes, I usually do, especially if it's a big job!
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