It just goes to show that you must always get at least 3 quotes from companies, as the prices given can vary dramatically…

Sam has been scraping moss from our roof.  He’s finished the front and back, but the side gables pose a bit of a problem.  He was undeterred however, and decided that he would make a wooden platform to balance on.  I decided to call a scaffolding company as I didn’t fancy scraping him up from the path.

The first scaffolder had multiple piercings.  He nodded and said it was an ‘easy’ job that would take around 2 or 3 hours to do.  He put a written quote through the letterbox the same day, but wanted nearly £1000.  I emailed back to say thanks but no thanks.

The second scaffolder was rather surly.  He nodded and said it was an ‘easy’ job that would take around 2 or 3 hours do to.  He seemed reluctant to give me a written quote, but said there and then it would cost in the region of £675 + VAT at 20%.  No written quote was forthcoming, which to me seemed rather dodgy (I imagined a bill with various add-on charges at the end of it).  He phoned and asked when could he come and put up the scaffolding, to which I replied that I had not even seen a written quote.  He said he would email me one, but he never did.  I phoned to say thanks but no thanks after I had met scaffolder number three below.

The third scaffolder, a small but wiry man, was very pleasant.  He nodded and said it was an ‘easy’ job that would take around 2 or 3 hours do to. I imagined him shinning up a scaffolding pole like a rat up a drainpipe.  He quoted £360 which included VAT, and emailed the quote about an hour later.  He got the job, and he will be arriving with his poles next Thursday.

Isn’t it amazing how prices can vary so much?