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    Estimates for non qualifying works (not major works)

    We're an RTM and are planning works which will cost less than £250 per flat/leaseholder.
    Are we required to obtain more than one estimate or can we go ahead with one if we believe the price is reasonable?

    #2
    No matter if you think the price is reasonable, it is normally wise when engaging a contractor to get 3 quotes in. Your estimate may not be in the correct ballpark, I have had a couple of jobs completed recently at a half of my initial estimate pre quotes. It's not as if it is difficult to get a few quotes.

    As to your actual question I don't see any reason other than above, but will your leaseholders not get a bit peed off if this was to be common practice and you weren't seen to be trying to get best value. .

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      #3
      Thanks Andy. Oh believe me we do give our leaseholders best value and have done so ever since we took over the management of the block.
      In this case, we have received a previous estimate for this particular job. The problem is the two contractors are providing a different solution to remedy a water ingress problem so they are not a like for like estimates. One contractor seems a lot more experienced and knowledgeable though.

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        #4
        Water Ingress is a pain. We currently have a leak but do not know the cause, and a roofer and seperate builder have both not managed to fix the problem. Has the source of your leak been positively ascertained.

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          #5
          Originally posted by Carine View Post
          less than £250 per flat/leaseholder.
          Are we required to obtain more than one estimate or can we go ahead with one if we believe the price is reasonable?
          Yes and no.

          Your job is to get the job done for a reasonable price, but you are also charged with getting the best tradesmen to do the job.
          If the best, most reliable, caring, logical, no problem too small, gets mistakes rectified without question, then if that man is the dearest, then you consider all aspects, and not the price.

          i have to make the same decisions as you.
          I often say, I only trust one or two to do this job, so have only asked for 2 quotes, and one did not quote. I don't rush out to get another quote as I know the one and only one that quoted will do the job properly
          They trust my judgement here ( most of the time ).

          Some times only one quote is received, and I have to go with that one.

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            #6
            As to quotes in general. I have a 'goto' plumber, carpenter, electrician. But I always get competing quotes to check the prices I am given. As Ram has intimated every time you use a new contractor you are introducing an element of risk and price is not the only element. Some leaseholders (in my case fellow freeholders) struggle to see past price.

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              #7
              Originally posted by andybenw View Post
              Water Ingress is a pain. We currently have a leak but do not know the cause, and a roofer and seperate builder have both not managed to fix the problem. Has the source of your leak been positively ascertained.
              Not 100%.
              We have a building surveyor's report but the cause is not clear cut. We had cracked pebble dash for years which was one of the causes. The wall has now been re-rendered however the lower section of the brickwork to this particular wall was saturated with water which means we couldn't render it at the time. We left it until the good weather to allow it to dry.
              Now we can do the works. One contractor wants to remove the brickwork completely (we think it is unnecessary), they are the people who did the render and we are not particularly happy with their workmanship, the other suggests building a new flashing wall around it and cap it along with a new flashing curb that will make the water drain away from our building. That sounds like a good solution as it not only deals with water ingress to the wall but to the ground as well.

              Water ingress is indeed a pain.

              We've identified another problem on the same side of our building. This is a never ending story.


              Ram - thank you.

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