2 days for 2 men = 4 days x 140 = £560 End of conversation
So whilst you were rubbing your hands with glee thinking you were shafting a couple of hard working blokes they were in actual fact charging you the going rate.
My concern is that he quoted.
2 days for 2 of us at £140 a day.
His wording is completely ambiguous and it is not unfair of me to think that he was working for £140 a day,
So, why did you not question his quote when you realised that £140 for two skilled blokes seemed rather cheap?
My guess is that you did not seek clarity because you were preying on his inability to grasp simple grammar and not because of your lack of nous?
Have you ever had a quote for work before?
Anyway, the bloke has explained to you so what is your problem?
Are you not happy with the work?
Look byronsmith, I don't want to appear arsey, but I hear a lot of stories of customers holding back money on people in this current economic climate, for lots of rubbish reasons, and often simple tradesmen sometimes find it easier to just walk away. Its not fair - and don't forget, there are two side to the storey, so all though mine may be one sided, so is yours - its not generous to give them 100 extra, if you are actually in debt to them by more than that?!
This isn't the case for my business as we never work on day rates for people and get everything written down up front, and tie in contractually on any job over a couple of grand. It saves a lot of agro.
Also, i'm a brickie by trade, and I can sympathise with the guys. The weather may have been terrible, the foundations could have been crap, bricks could well have been stacked miles away or the sand you left could have been uncovered and soaking wet, they may have needed materials that were not readily available to them, - I mention these not as arguable points, but just so you realise that there are a lot of variables in this argument, not just how many bricks can some one lay. Each of the steps needed squaring and setting out, each of your pillars have 8 plumbing points, not to mention the obvious need for level, plus you have a decorative soldier course on top which again adds time and complexity to the day. These guys could quite easily banged up a couple of massive corners on site and run in 800 bricks in a day - but thats site/college conditions - totally different to laying domestically.
Please bear this in mind when deciding to hold money back, you've already taken away any chance of small profit by purchasing all of his materials - Just because there is a misunderstanding, it doesn't mean that he got it wrong, you could quite easily have misunderstood!
Also, you did ask people's opinions, this is mine, its not arguable, its how I feel about your certain circumstance. I run a professional business and like to think that I can see things well from both sides, I personally think they are due a minimum of 560, you could well argue over the final half day as he originally said 2 days, but the 560 still stands.
I am, but i don't think you are being genuine if you believe that two skilled men would work for £70 quid each per day.I'm listening to you but you're not listening to me.
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