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How much will it cost for a tradesperson in my home?

When it comes to renovating, repair or installation projects in your home it can be an exciting time thinking about the end result (a new modern kitchen, equipped with latest gadgets or an extra room from a loft extension) but the end result may seem far off in the distance with having to get through  the stressful part first of choosing a tradesperson you can trust and living through the chaos of your  house turned upside down while the building or decorating work is going on, even if it is a small one day project (install a new combi boiler) as opposed to a week-long project (paint the interior of your home). HaMuch has put together information to consider when weighing up your project and finding the right tradesperson to suit your budget.

 

Managing money and getting off on the right foot with your tradesperson

At the start of your search for a tradesperson to complete your home project, consider which trade that project will be best suited for, e.g., a new boiler = heating engineer, replacing an old toilet = plumber, updating the fuse board and wires = electrician. Once you are aware of which trade to contact, rule of thumb is to get at least 3 different quotes from 3 different tradespeople quoting up for the same job so that you can compare their price, experience and skill set.

Different trades have different guidelines and sets of pricing. Cleaners and car mechanics will quote for a service rather than an hourly or daily rate, e.g., a car MOT with an annual service is a set standard price and so is the cleaning of a 2 bed house, they would not need to have a pre-inspection but rather might question you over the phone, which will determine the end cost, e.g., car service will be dependent on make / model of car and mileage and the cleaning quote will be dependent on amount of floors and bedrooms.

Trades that are arriving and unsure how long a job may take to solve the crisis, e.g., a plumber being called out for a water leak, will have an hourly charge that they adhere to, and sometimes this may even include a minimum number of hours to be charged. Trades that do quick small jobs as well as longer jobs taking a day or more, will cap their hourly rate at a more affordable day rate, this might include a painter and decorator who can charge a few hours to remove wallpaper or daily rates to decorate a room or the entire inside of a house. Tradespeople that need to come through and inspect before they can give a quote, may or may not charge a call-out fee, so do always ask and found out before committing to them. Builders doing loft work might pop by when they in the area and have a look around and chat with you to find out details about the project you are wanting and what kind of materials you would like them to use, they do not normally charge a call-out fee for this, but an electrician coming to inspect and make a property safe before leaving would charge a call-out fee if they cannot fix the issue but rather have to return after seeing which parts are needed for the job. Any tradesperson coming to inspect during an emergency situation, even if they cannot repair the issue immediately, they would leave it safe for you (this may mean shutting a boiler off and leaving you with no heat or hot water but at least not leaving your life in danger with a gas leak) before they can return with the parts needed.

Emergency callouts, do incur higher costs because it involves getting to you on short notice and may include out of office hours, weekends, so it is not unusual for a trade such as a locksmith to have two sets of pricing for non-emergency planned lock changes or emergency work when you are locked out a property or vehicle or making a home safe after an attempted break-in.

Whatever the price quoted, the quote will often show a cost for labour and a separate cost of materials. The materials price can be flexible when there is a choice on what to use.  A builder may quote for bricks and concrete to build a garden wall which is standard pricing but having the same builder quote to build a driveway, the price can fluctuate depending on whether the drive is tarred, bricked, pebbled…

When studying the quote received, check whether VAT has been added on, you might not expect a cleaner to be VAT registered but if the cleaner is part of a bigger cleaning company they very well may be.

Quotes should always be given to you in writing via post or email, especially for large projects. A car mechanic might be transparent with pricing and have the costs of their services on their website with various extra service costs, so they might only give you a verbal quote over the phone, when you are booking in your car, with them re-iterating whatever is mentioned on the website but again it is best practise for you to double check the price to avoid any conflict at the time of paying.

When discussing pricing, it is a good idea to discuss expected payment terms and extras such as skip or scaffolding hire and parking charges if you do not have free parking in your area.

Certain projects where the tradesperson is buying the materials may require upfront deposits to cover the tradesperson for the materials they are outlaying (e.g. when having a new boiler fitted), smaller jobs (e.g. changing a door lock) will bill you at the end for the total of materials and labour and large jobs, stretching over weeks to complete (e.g., building work or painting and decorating work) might expect payment at set completion goals (e.g., re-doing a bathroom, payment might be split into 3 parts – part payment end of first week when the bathroom and all the tiles have been stripped, 2nd payment after the 2nd week with new tiles in place and 3rd payment at the end on completion of the new bathroom). If you do not feel comfortable with any payment term you have been asked, you must speak up and try to compromise. Always have a record for any payment that has past hands.

Discuss payment that they will accept, cheques, cash, machines able to take card payment or BACS payment. Small hourly jobs, e.g., gardener coming to mow the lawn, might prefer cash and therefore if you have discussed this before booking a date in with the tradesperson, you will be aware to have the cash in place ready for them. Also, to cover you from any surprises, ask what their no-show cancellation policy is. Explain that it is not that you are planning on messing them around but as life sometimes can be unexpected you want to be ready for any scenario.

Once you have found a tradesperson you feel confident to employ (this can be based on their experience and skillset as well as a personality match especially if they will be in your space for days or weeks) then your final check should be to try and get references. Big expensive projects should come with previous client references and you can also Google them to find out what other people have to say about working with the tradesperson of your choice.

 

Defining the quality and detail of the job

Before having contacted tradespeople, it is in your best interest to first have googled similar projects to yours to learn what is involved in the project, and to arm yourself on what would be the best materials to choose. Replacing your boiler is a good time to look at your current space and give yourself more storage by replacing a hot water cylinder conventional boiler with a combi boiler and reclaiming a hallway cupboard and then there is the decision on what make of boiler to choose from as such a wide range offering different warranties.

For building or painting and decorating work mostly, discuss with the tradesperson about snagging lists and how long you have to get back to them regarding cracks and settlement. Any work involving parts, discuss who the part would be guaranteed with and who your go-to point of complaint would be with.

Discuss with the tradesperson how you would like the end result of the project and how you envision it to look, giving as much details as possible (e.g., if it’s a cleaner, discuss if you want your windows cleaned fortnightly with the house dusted and hoovered or a load of washing washed and dried before they leave for the day). Despite having your own thoughts on the end result, do be led by the tradesperson and their expertise, being flexible to listen to any advice they give you and take onboard feedback especially regarding materials e.g., if you wanted your tiling project with porcelain tiles but they tell you to only use porcelain or ceramic on the walls and stick to Vitrified tiles for the floor, be open to hearing why as do not forget this is their speciality, not yours and at the end of the day it is in the tradespersons best interest to make sure you are happy with the project with no go-backs for work needing to be remedied.

Once you have both discussed how the project should proceed and what materials would be best, discuss who will be sourcing the materials. A painter and decorator might be able to get trade rates for paint and have your fancy Farrow & Ball paint colour mixed and matched with a trade paint for a better price, while a plumber might put a mark-up on the fixtures and fittings, they are collecting to cover them for their time going to the plumbers merchant, so you might prefer to find out what to order from them and get it yourself having it ready and waiting for them on the day of the job. If ever you are sourcing the materials yourself, be sure to have asked the tradesperson the sizes that you would need.

Rough guide for how much basic trade work in your home costs;

 

Job

Job details

Estimate

Builder

Convert a garage into a kitchen

£5,000

Builder

Loft extension above a 2bed home

£30,000

Builder

Remove a partition  wall

£900

Car Mechanic

Small annual service

£200

Car Mechanic

Replace a car battery

£100

Car Mechanic

Carry out diagnostics to fault find

£50

Carpenter & Joiner

Fit a small WREN kitchen

£1,700

Carpenter & Joiner

Build and fit a bespoke wall unit

£800

Carpenter & Joiner

Build a narrow corner unit to box in combi boiler

£400

Cleaner

Fortnightly clean of a 2 bed house

£70

Cleaner

End of tenancy clean

£150

Cleaner

Once a month clean of a 3 bed home

£80

Drain Specialist

Clear outside blocked drain

£170

Drain Specialist

Service all drains with a jet wash

£200

Drain Specialist

Discover why toilet keeps clogging

£80

Electrician

Upgrade a fuse box

£400

Electrician

Replace an electrical wall socket

£75

Electrician

Install a loft llight

£100

Gardener

Fortnightly mow of a medium sized lawn

£15

Gardener

Monthly tend to garden with weeds and lawn mow

£50

Gardener

Once off pruning of shrubs and cutting back some bushes

£50

Heating Engineer

Install a combi boiler

£1,000

Heating Engineer

Fit thermostatic radiator valves on 6 radiators

£200

Heating Engineer

Annual boiler service

£80

Locksmith

Change a front door lock

£50

Locksmith

Retrieve a broken key from inside the lock

£50

Locksmith

Fit window locks on 6 windows

£200

Painter & Decorator

Paint two bedrooms

£400

Painter & Decorator

Wallpaper a lounge

£400

Painter & Decorator

Paint the hallway and stairwell

£400

Pest Control Expert

Remove rat infestation from a garden

£200

Pest Control Expert

Dove proof the chimney and fireplace

£175

Pest Control Expert

Remove mice infestation from inside the house

£200

Plasterer

Re-plaster 4 walls

£500

Plasterer

Block-up and plaster an unused chimney

£700

Plasterer

Repair a wall with water damage

£200

Plumber

Plumb in outside garden tap

£150

Plumber

Replace a power shower with newer model

£180

Plumber

Fix a toilet that won't stop running

£80

Removals & Storage

Pack-up and move contents of a 2 bed house

£1,000

Removals & Storage

Store contents of a 3 bed home

£90 pw

Removals & Storage

Collect piano from one address and deliver to another address

£60

Tiler

Re-tile a kitchen floor

£500

Tiler

Tile bathroom walls

£300

Tiler

Renew kitchen grout

£175

 

Rates for other trades

Tradesperson Rates: Average Hourly and Daily Rates
: Average Hourly and Daily Rates in the UK (excluding VAT or callout charges)
Location in UKHourly RateDaily Rate
Builder near Belfast£19£133
Builder near Birmingham£24£194
Builder near Bristol£28£217
Builder near Cardiff£27£175
Builder near Edinburgh£32£236
Builder near Glasgow£32£248
Builder near London£41£230
Builder near Manchester£29£195
Carpenter & Joiner near Belfast£16£131
Carpenter & Joiner near Birmingham£29£176
Carpenter & Joiner near Bristol£24£195
Carpenter & Joiner near Cardiff£23£180
Carpenter & Joiner near Edinburgh£26£208
Carpenter & Joiner near Glasgow£34£173
Carpenter & Joiner near London£36£224
Carpenter & Joiner near Manchester£31£193
Cleaner near Belfast£15£123
Cleaner near Birmingham£15£123
Cleaner near Bristol£16£151
Cleaner near Cardiff£22£166
Cleaner near Edinburgh£28£195
Cleaner near Glasgow£15£126
Cleaner near London£18£146
Cleaner near Manchester£14£118
Drain Specialist near Belfast£31£187
Drain Specialist near Birmingham£38£226
Drain Specialist near Bristol£41£273
Drain Specialist near Cardiff£33£223
Drain Specialist near Edinburgh£38£268
Drain Specialist near Glasgow£37£258
Drain Specialist near London£55£284
Drain Specialist near Manchester£36£216
Electrician near Belfast£21£164
Electrician near Birmingham£31£218
Electrician near Bristol£33£239
Electrician near Cardiff£29£204
Electrician near Edinburgh£34£245
Electrician near Glasgow£32£249
Electrician near London£48£268
Electrician near Manchester£32£219
Gardener near Belfast£20£130
Gardener near Birmingham£103£148
Gardener near Bristol£28£215
Gardener near Cardiff£24£146
Gardener near Edinburgh£24£177
Gardener near Glasgow£26£228
Gardener near London£46£256
Gardener near Manchester£27£187
Glass / Glazier near Birmingham£25£164
Glass / Glazier near London£35£222
Handyman near Belfast£10£100
Handyman near Birmingham£27£193
Handyman near Bristol£25£195
Handyman near Cardiff£27£185
Handyman near Glasgow£25£176
Handyman near London£34£226
Handyman near Manchester£24£181
Heating Engineer near Belfast£34£209
Heating Engineer near Birmingham£39£231
Heating Engineer near Bristol£38£248
Heating Engineer near Cardiff£35£227
Heating Engineer near Edinburgh£40£251
Heating Engineer near Glasgow£41£275
Heating Engineer near London£57£287
Heating Engineer near Manchester£38£237
Locksmith near Belfast£32£160
Locksmith near Birmingham£50£212
Locksmith near Bristol£39£222
Locksmith near Cardiff£43£186
Locksmith near Edinburgh£31£241
Locksmith near Glasgow£36£162
Locksmith near London£54£288
Locksmith near Manchester£43£244
Car Mechanic near Belfast£32£213
Car Mechanic near Birmingham£34£204
Car Mechanic near Bristol£46£350
Car Mechanic near Cardiff£40£275
Car Mechanic near Edinburgh£20£155
Car Mechanic near Glasgow£32£86
Car Mechanic near London£50£270
Car Mechanic near Manchester£38£239
Painter & Decorator near Belfast£19£145
Painter & Decorator near Birmingham£20£154
Painter & Decorator near Bristol£24£181
Painter & Decorator near Cardiff£22£174
Painter & Decorator near Edinburgh£22£176
Painter & Decorator near Glasgow£20£164
Painter & Decorator near London£30£195
Painter & Decorator near Manchester£23£164
Pest Control Expert near Birmingham£46£310
Pest Control Expert near Edinburgh£1000£1000
Pest Control Expert near London£45£347
Plasterer near Belfast£20£153
Plasterer near Birmingham£22£179
Plasterer near Bristol£25£198
Plasterer near Cardiff£24£179
Plasterer near Edinburgh£24£196
Plasterer near Glasgow£20£164
Plasterer near London£36£210
Plasterer near Manchester£24£170
Plumber near Belfast£32£198
Plumber near Birmingham£38£223
Plumber near Bristol£37£248
Plumber near Cardiff£45£491
Plumber near Edinburgh£39£250
Plumber near Glasgow£38£252
Plumber near London£55£280
Plumber near Manchester£38£229
Removals & Storage near Belfast£36£256
Removals & Storage near Birmingham£37£203
Removals & Storage near Bristol£41£303
Removals & Storage near Cardiff£31£206
Removals & Storage near Edinburgh£51£390
Removals & Storage near Glasgow£48£291
Removals & Storage near London£40£281
Removals & Storage near Manchester£39£302
Roofer near Birmingham£24£191
Roofer near Bristol£28£214
Roofer near Cardiff£27£186
Roofer near Edinburgh£32£230
Roofer near Glasgow£29£218
Roofer near London£37£230
Roofer near Manchester£26£194
Tiler near Belfast£21£157
Tiler near Birmingham£23£175
Tiler near Bristol£26£197
Tiler near Cardiff£25£180
Tiler near Edinburgh£24£185
Tiler near Glasgow£22£170
Tiler near London£35£208
Tiler near Manchester£25£183