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Is it common practice to charge to provide a quote for a new roof on a property i wish to buy?

Is it common practice to charge to provide a quote for a new roof on a property I wish to buy?

The survey has suggested new flat roof for garage (double length that also covers study area extension) and also for a single and a double dormer. Also possibility of pitched roof needing mending or possible replacement.

This work is for the Manchester (Bury) area and I have struggled to get anyone to quote but one has said if I pay £175 he can come and quote and should I then agree price and decide on the work once I buy the house he can knock this amount off the bill. Is this common practice?

I do want to fix the roof when I move into the house but at the moment I'm waiting for results of a wall tie report to see if house is OK to buy and don't want to spend any more until I know the house is structurally sound. I also want to pay a fair price.

Any advice gratefully received. Thanks.

6 Answers from MyBuilder Roofers

Best Answer

Its not uncommon to pay for a quote on a house you might buy. Providing quotes cost a company money to produce. If you was the owner of a company paying a QS £20 an hour to visit the job, calculate how much materials are going to cost, guess how long it will take a tradesmen to do the job and put a figure to it only to find out you wasn't going to buy it after all would you want reimbursing for the cost. It's all about how accurate you want the quote. You could get Fred blogs to turn up, make an imaginary sum plucked from the sky up and give you that for free, but when it came to doing the job it was much more because he guessed wrong. You hear it all the time. Builders are the only industry where customers believe they should get hours of work done for free!


Answered 17th Jul 2018

Some companies charge some other do not.
Its common to charge when a good survey is needed amd there is a time spending around it.
If a quote for a straight forward toilette i quote for free.
If i have to spend half a day surveying and a day long to find the right materials, costs and so on i charge a fee that its various depending of the job.
£175 looks a bit high but any company has different policy about it.


Answered 29th Jun 2018

We always price work for clients thinking of buying. You probably price ten that comes to nothing but one always comes in. so its worth it.


Answered 30th Jun 2018

It can be common in certain parts to charge call out on a pricing particularly if it's a long way outside the tradesman's normal working area but this does seem a little excessive to me.


Answered 29th Jun 2018

hi the bigger the company the bigger the cost overheads and all,yes in the building trade it's understandable to be changed for full written surveys time is money in any trade but what is offered is if the builder gets the contract then often the money is received back and theirs not many other kind of surveys where u get that.My advise as with anything else realy is to shop around and get several quotations first,hope this is of sum help. take care


Answered 22nd Nov 2018

An efficient builder will have a store of "templates" to quote from.
And will be able to work out an accurate price based on average rates for any particular area.
We would add a small percentage to manage our risk in this situation. (especially when sending out the "FREE" quotation).

Here's a link to a good site that helps explain how flat roofs are priced
I hope this helps.



Answered 28th May 2020

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