Sunday, May 19
DIY

Tip of the week: Don’t fall into the square metre trap

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A quote must be given per item for the work to be done, with full specification.

This arrived in my in-box during the week: “Good morning, my name is John. I would like to know the estimated labour costs per square metre for installation of a deck with my materials.”

I will help John, but please don’t fall into the square metre trap if you are planning to have work done. If you are a contractor, don’t quote per square metre. 

Where does the square metre area start? Is it inside the wall or outside the wall, how high are the walls going to be etc, etc.

A quote must be given per item for the work to be done, with full specification. I am also not a fan of labour-only work as you now have two parties responsible for getting the job done.

So, to repeat what I have been saying over the years, get an approved plan drawn by a qualified professional; provide full and detailed specifications of what you are looking for; get at least three quotes from reputable and recommended companies and then sign a contract.

* If you have a question for Don, please send it to don@macalister.co.za or SMS only to 0824463859. 

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