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    • Superclarkkent
    • By Superclarkkent 27th Nov 17, 10:27 AM
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    Laminate vs Solid wood fitting
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    • 27th Nov 17, 10:27 AM
    Laminate vs Solid wood fitting 27th Nov 17 at 10:27 AM
    I've recently completed on a flat that needs complete refurbishment and appointed builders to carry out the whole job - they have quoted for labour only and I am supplying all materials/furniture.


    I specified wood flooring in my enquiry and again in a more detailed job spec that I sent them following a visit to the property.


    They then quoted listing 'laminate flooring'. Slightly naively I assumed they meant wood flooring or that there was no difference between the two at least, as I'd been very clear (I thought) about the type of flooring I was supplying.


    Once the flooring had been ordered I told them what it was and when it was being delivered and they suddenly came back with "we've quoted for laminate, not wood - it will be more expensive to install wood".


    I've asked a friend who runs a wood flooring company (and is supplying the materials) and he says its about 15% more labour and based on the SQM they are laying it should be no more than 5 days work for one labourer. Builders are trying to charge me an extra £450 which to me suggests 2 days labour based on quick calculations on their overall quote vs expected duration of the job.


    I've said no on the basis that they didn't quote according to the spec provided and that this is their mistake.
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    • TheCyclingProgrammer
    • By TheCyclingProgrammer 27th Nov 17, 2:04 PM
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    • 27th Nov 17, 2:04 PM
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    • 27th Nov 17, 2:04 PM
    It might have been their mistake for not reading your original spec properly, but if their quote said "laminate flooring" then you should have queried it then.

    I can't comment on whether their revised quote is too expensive or not, but if that's their quote, it is what it is. I would get another couple of quotes. Your friend must know plenty of good, reputable installers?
    • somethingcorporate
    • By somethingcorporate 29th Nov 17, 7:32 PM
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    • 29th Nov 17, 7:32 PM
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    • 29th Nov 17, 7:32 PM
    You will save money (and probably get a better quality job) by going to a professional who specialises in what you want rather than a jack of all trades builder.
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    • Doozergirl
    • By Doozergirl 30th Nov 17, 12:18 PM
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    • 30th Nov 17, 12:18 PM
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    • 30th Nov 17, 12:18 PM
    You will save money (and probably get a better quality job) by going to a professional who specialises in what you want rather than a jack of all trades builder.
    Originally posted by somethingcorporate
    You know, sometimes a builder who is full renovating a property might employ the right people for the right jobs!

    Anyhow, I agree with the Cycling Programmer that although the quote wasn't to the OP's spec, it was to a spec and it would be the client's job to check that. We are all human, after all. Expecting the builder to suck up the extra because you made exactly the same mistake as they did doesn't make any sense at all. They were specific about what was being provided for the money in their own quote. That was the fitting of laminate.
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    • DaftyDuck
    • By DaftyDuck 30th Nov 17, 12:36 PM
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    • 30th Nov 17, 12:36 PM
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    • 30th Nov 17, 12:36 PM
    It's really your choice. They quoted to fit laminate, which they will fit if you supply it, and fit at that price.

    If you choose to fit something else, either pay them to fit it, or pay someone else to fit it.
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