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OtleyLad



Joined: 13 Jan 2007
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Location: Otley, West Yorkshire
PostPosted: Fri Sep 06, 13 4:16 pm    Post subject: OMG a whole house re-wire!!!!  Reply with quote    

Got an email today from someone wanting a complete house re-wire. I never expected my first job to be this big. Its scary. I'm hardly quick and it could take me ages.
I sort of imagined small jobs adding outside lights and adding extra sockets.

I have to do a quote of course, now there's plenty of scope to get it wrong.

Mustn't panic though and it is what I trained for...

Jamanda
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 06, 13 4:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Doing the whole thing from scratch might be more straight forward than adding on to existing stuff....maybe...

stumbling goat



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 06, 13 4:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Daunting job on your lonesome ownsome. Do you want a "laddie"?



sg

Nick



Joined: 02 Nov 2004
Posts: 34031
Location: Hereford
PostPosted: Fri Sep 06, 13 4:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Are you providing a quote or an estimate?

Well done. We recently had a plumber, and it was about his first job. Very slow, but diligent and text book stuff. Over ran by 50%, but didn't charge that much more.

Went



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 06, 13 4:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Just try and enjoy it - what a great first bit/lot of work.

mousjoos



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Location: VERY Sunny SW France
PostPosted: Fri Sep 06, 13 5:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Good luck & take it as "experience" in doing the job for real

Everyone has to start somehere

NorthernMonkeyGirl



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 06, 13 5:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Good luck!

MornieG



Joined: 17 Jan 2013
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 06, 13 5:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Good luck, hope you get the job.

You could try costing on a day rate plus materials. You buy the materials the customer pays for them straight away up front at cost plus 10%( to cover the fact you had to get them in the first place ) a good deal for them and you are covered for your outlay. Then a fair day rate payable weekly with an estimate of the time eg 14 - 18 days. Any additional works to be costed and agreed with the client before work commences.

Mo.XX

Hairyloon



Joined: 20 Nov 2008
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Location: Today I are mostly being in Yorkshire.
PostPosted: Fri Sep 06, 13 6:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

stumbling goat wrote:
Daunting job on your lonesome ownsome. Do you want a "laddie"?

May not be a bad idea.

OtleyLad



Joined: 13 Jan 2007
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Location: Otley, West Yorkshire
PostPosted: Fri Sep 06, 13 6:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Hairyloon wrote:
stumbling goat wrote:
Daunting job on your lonesome ownsome. Do you want a "laddie"?

May not be a bad idea.


Its a thought. But I don't know anyone and whereas I can pay myself 50p an hour if something takes me much longer than anticipated, I couldn't do that to anyone else.

I'm going to see the place monday evening to get a sense of the currant state of it. Hope its not really pristine and spotless...

arvo



Joined: 04 Dec 2006
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Location: Somerset
PostPosted: Fri Sep 06, 13 7:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

1)Re: materiels. Now is a really good time to strike up a deal with a local leccy wholesalers (City Electrical, ScrewFix, Newey and Ayre whoever your local is) if you haven't already. Go into all of them and find out what discount and what invoice terms they'll do you. Worth half a days effort. You should be looking for 25/30 pc. You can decide how much of that to pass on. For this first job, I'd use that to give you some wiggle room because there'll be loads of stuff you'll need that you've not thought of first up.

2) Find out what kind of time scale they're looking to get it done in and what level of mess they're expecting (do they need to live there while you work, or will it be a building site).

3) Lastly, I would a reliable local back-up to check your stuff. You might also consider hiring a reliable/cheerful second year C&G college kid to help you pull cables/ do fishing.

4) Factor in that you might need to be buying kit/tools for this job (Megas, SDS drills, fishing kits, floorboard saws etc).

5) Good luck mate. Sounds great.

All the best

Arvo

RichardW



Joined: 24 Aug 2006
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Location: Llyn Peninsular North Wales
PostPosted: Fri Sep 06, 13 7:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Dont under estimate how long it takes to do all the chasing out if any is needed. Get them to arrange (and pay for) the making good after first fix.

Cost the cabling in multipuls of full rolls for all the common stuff (1mm 1.5mm & 2.5mm) the rest work out the length & add 10%.

Put in the quote that all cables removed become your property. Over a year its a nice £ bonus.

Collect all the offcuts of the new cables too. You would be amazed just how much gets cut off as part of the second fix.

Nick



Joined: 02 Nov 2004
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Location: Hereford
PostPosted: Fri Sep 06, 13 7:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

RichardW wrote:


Put in the quote that all cables removed become your property. Over a year its a nice £ bonus.

Collect all the offcuts of the new cables too. You would be amazed just how much gets cut off as part of the second fix.


Perhaps word this as you agree to remove all electrical waste, so it looks like a good service you're offering, rather than being a pikey

MornieG



Joined: 17 Jan 2013
Posts: 933
Location: Bromham, Wiltshire
PostPosted: Fri Sep 06, 13 8:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Nick wrote:
RichardW wrote:


Put in the quote that all cables removed become your property. Over a year its a nice £ bonus.

Collect all the offcuts of the new cables too. You would be amazed just how much gets cut off as part of the second fix.


Perhaps word this as you agree to remove all electrical waste, so it looks like a good service you're offering, rather than being a pikey


That's how a friend of mine got his ' New ' kitchen units LOL

Mo.XX

vegplot



Joined: 19 Apr 2007
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Location: Ynys Môn
PostPosted: Fri Sep 06, 13 8:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Here's hoping they pay you promptly.

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