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I have been asked for some feedback here is the question

We’re looking at how the service industry around the housing market has been coping with the surge in house sales. For example, one colleague has found that there’s been a huge demand for removal services for people moving house and that as a result some companies are charging non-refundable deposits to guarantee a booking.

They want to do a bit of an overview of sectors e.g. painting and decorating, builders, carpet and floor layers etc. to see if there’s similarly high demand.

Is this something you’ve seen in the plastering industry as people do up their new homes?

What do you guys think?
 

Smudger1

Well-Known Member
Yes.
Had a few builders phoning me over the weeks saying they can't get plasterers or brickies to help cope with increased workload for love nor money !
 
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I was thinking about this. how much would you charge for the deposit? A %age of the cost of the job?? Or just a fee say £100??
Have to be a percentage of the job on bigger work. I've got a near 20k boarding job starting in a couple of months. If they suddenly dropped out a few weeks before I'd be f**k*d. £100 would work for majority of jobs though
 

Brimstone

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Monthly income way down - same number of jobs but spread out over more months, mainly due to supply chain issues like shortage of imported metals, especially coated like Galv.
I charge a standard 50% deposit of the total cost including my labour. Rest on completion.
 
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Not even finish one house I'm working on , bought by first viewer for asking price
 

John j

Mono Don
I think there should be call out fee.s as well . First visit free but has a couple.of jobs where I been back out to to go through a few things then never got job.
 

FreeD

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I've been thinking about charging for quotes best time to start when it's this busy. Had alot of people saying they can't even get plasterers around to quote. I'm thinking £50 then knock it off the bill if they go ahead.
 

bignick

New Member
I know several roofers in brighton, now charging for estimate, they're fed up with time wasters and knock it of the price if they get it
 

owls

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I've been thinking about charging for quotes best time to start when it's this busy. Had alot of people saying they can't even get plasterers around to quote. I'm thinking £50 then knock it off the bill if they go ahead.
Why not just add a nominal amount to your estimates to cover your time for quoting ? Instead of a direct charge, you don't have to itemise it just add it in.
 

Brimstone

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Why not just add a nominal amount to your estimates to cover your time for quoting ? Instead of a direct charge, you don't have to itemise it just add it in.
Depends on how many you win, lot of timewasters about at the moment. Some of the bigger shopfront businesses are charging and knocking it off the final bill, but the sort of domestics who ask in the little guys won't wear it. Mainly because they are expecting a lower cost job in the first place.

A £50 for estimate and knock it off the bill might get rid of a lot of the timewasters if your getting a lot of calls. My calls are slowing down right now, which works for me, I usually find a way to throw in some sort of little offer to encourage them.
Like FeeD through, I am getting a lot of repeat calls and revisits before they make a decision on my quote, and that costs even if I get the job, which I often do.
 

owls

Private Member
Fair enough on small domestic jobs, but I'd still try and incorporate the cost somewhere though, depends on your market I guess.
 

Golem

Active Member
I've been thinking about charging for quotes best time to start when it's this busy. Had alot of people saying they can't even get plasterers around to quote. I'm thinking £50 then knock it off the bill if they go ahead.
I charge £75 for insurance quotes,went to many back in the day and never got them and I tell them I'll knock it off the bill if I do it.ive had 2 people pay this 1 I did the job and 1 I didn't so I made £75 for 1 minute of emailing a quote
 

Golem

Active Member
Depends on how many you win, lot of timewasters about at the moment. Some of the bigger shopfront businesses are charging and knocking it off the final bill, but the sort of domestics who ask in the little guys won't wear it. Mainly because they are expecting a lower cost job in the first place.

A £50 for estimate and knock it off the bill might get rid of a lot of the timewasters if your getting a lot of calls. My calls are slowing down right now, which works for me, I usually find a way to throw in some sort of little offer to encourage them.
Like FeeD through, I am getting a lot of repeat calls and revisits before they make a decision on my quote, and that costs even if I get the job, which I often do.
It's plastering why on earth would you need to make a few more re visits? Been doing this over 40 years and never revisted a job to quote ever.some right wollys on here
 

FreeD

Private Member
Just upped my day rate from £750 to £1000
One more year till retirement

Sounds fair thats what Gina was getting and spent most of the day with her hand down Hancocks trousers...and we the taxpayers were paying for that hand job.
 

MakeItSmooth

Well-Known Member
deposits are for finance

never heard of this before

Casper has :coffe:

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