In such uncertain times at the minute and high costs of house moving, you might find yourself wanting to make home improvements whilst adding value to your current property.
It may be your top priority to try and make these renovations as cheap as possible whilst trying to save more money for any future projects you may have.
I’m sure you’ve heard of the saying ‘save a penny, spend a pound’.
We had a client a couple of years ago who wanted an extension built to enlarge the back of the house whilst opening up the kitchen and lounge to make a lovely liveable area.
We had an on-site consultation with the client and discussed the projected works that needed to be carried out, along with a rough time frame- (weather depending).
We then went away and spent many hours composing a quotation for the client.
The customer ended up going with a different company who offered a ‘considerably cheaper’ quotation than ourselves. You win some, you lose some, right.. 6 months on, we had a call from this same client stating they used the other company to undertake the work and they now needed our help. Well, what we saw on arrival was unbelievable; half finished, shoddy work, barely water tight, messy site and indeed a very upset client. The client said they had paid tens of thousands up front and the ‘builder’ had done a runner.
As per client request, we gave a new quotation to fix the current work and complete the job. This meant that the client would be paying twice for the job and left out of pocket for the remaining works.
Sadly, this client made a costly mistake, was left in rather a large mess and found it hard to trust again. We never did find out if they completed the work that needed to be done as they thought our second quotation was too expensive. So cheap isn’t always better. If the price sounds too good to be true, it usually is. Make sure you do your research and get testimony’s from previous clients or local merchants.