Would you expect the roofer to risk his life to fix your roof in order to save you a few quid?
Absolutely not! I think this post has become all about scaffolding. I 100% want the person doing the job to be safe. I appreciate all the help and advice, but I'd like to get back to the main topic.
Let's take the 2 quotes where the roofer has indicated they will use scaffolding. There's 1 at £1550 for 1 valley. There's 1 at £1400 for both valleys. Both valleys will require separate scaffolding.
However, the cheaper one who indicates scaffolding, I am now beginning to doubt if they mean scaffolding or a tower. The final roofer I had round yesterday quoted £440 for 1 valley. Cheapest of the bunch. He talked about a tower and not scaffolding.
So now I am back to thinking the £1550 is the one to go for, since they're the only one saying definitely will use proper scaffolding. I just can't help thinking the price is steep. And I wish we'd done this when the scaffolding was up for the solar panels! But we didn't know about the problem then, so irrelevant.
Can I have some advice around the £1550 price please? Am I being ripped off? I don't *think* I am, but I wanted to check, especially given the price of these other quotes. Take the £440. That means scaffolding is £1110. Or the more expensive one is charging more for his time. I don't mind paying for someone good to do the work, but similarly I don't want to be ripped off. We'll be in this house for 30 years so if I average it out over that time it's nothing. But I want a fair price. Is that a fair price?