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    • oozle1989
    • By oozle1989 7th Jan 19, 9:26 AM
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    New front door - how much!!
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    • 7th Jan 19, 9:26 AM
    New front door - how much!! 7th Jan 19 at 9:26 AM
    We have been quoted £3,213.40 for a new front door and side panel window from Anglian. I was quite shocked at how expensive it was and wasn’t expecting it to be that much. This was for their basic PVC range and after applying all their various discounts for recycling, marketing etc!

    Can anyone give me some costs to compare too as this is our first house and i've never bought a new door before. I might be being naive but I had a figure in my head of around £1000!

    The specs are

    Door: 890mm x 2050mm
    Casement Window; 1230mm x 2050mm
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    • TheCyclingProgrammer
    • By TheCyclingProgrammer 7th Jan 19, 9:31 AM
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    • 7th Jan 19, 9:31 AM
    Avoid the big nationals, contact a couple of local companies for quotes. I think you should be able to get a quote for around your price for a basic uPVC door with sidepanel including fitting.
    • Alfrescodave
    • By Alfrescodave 7th Jan 19, 9:47 AM
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    • 7th Jan 19, 9:47 AM
    Definitely look at the small locals - my son found similar prices to you when looking for front door. Went with local firm which cost him £1200 and the service was excellent.
    • FabFifty
    • By FabFifty 7th Jan 19, 9:53 AM
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    • 7th Jan 19, 9:53 AM
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    • 7th Jan 19, 9:53 AM
    I would agree with avoiding the big national firms. We changed all the windows & doors in our house using a local firm who charged 1/3 of the price quoted by a national firm.
    • Robin9
    • By Robin9 7th Jan 19, 10:03 AM
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    • 7th Jan 19, 10:03 AM
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    • 7th Jan 19, 10:03 AM
    We have been quoted £3,213.40 for a new front door and side panel window from Anglian. ................
    Originally posted by oozle1989

    Was this before or after the salesman rang his manager to see if the special price of the previous week could be given to you as a "special customer" ?
    Never pay on an estimated bill
    • Cisco001
    • By Cisco001 7th Jan 19, 10:11 AM
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    • 7th Jan 19, 10:11 AM
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    • 7th Jan 19, 10:11 AM
    I am looking for a new front door as well.
    Which national firm should I be avoid?

    I am am at brimngham area. Any recommendation for a small firm?
    • oozle1989
    • By oozle1989 7th Jan 19, 10:15 AM
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    • 7th Jan 19, 10:15 AM
    Was this before or after the salesman rang his manager to see if the special price of the previous week could be given to you as a "special customer" ?
    Originally posted by Robin9
    Ha ha he actually did try ringing his manager, said he would be able to get it down to 3k for us but he needed his managers approval. His manager didn't pick up.
    • TheCyclingProgrammer
    • By TheCyclingProgrammer 7th Jan 19, 10:30 AM
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    • 7th Jan 19, 10:30 AM
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    • 7th Jan 19, 10:30 AM
    I am looking for a new front door as well.
    Which national firm should I be avoid?
    Originally posted by Cisco001
    All of them.
    • TheCyclingProgrammer
    • By TheCyclingProgrammer 7th Jan 19, 10:34 AM
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    • 7th Jan 19, 10:34 AM
    Was this before or after the salesman rang his manager to see if the special price of the previous week could be given to you as a "special customer" ?
    Originally posted by Robin9
    An honest firm would measure up, give you a brief sales spiel and offer their best price.

    The national firms' approach is to come round, measure up, spend at least an hour on their sales pitch, a lot of that spent bashing their small local competitors (e.g. "small companies go out of business all the time, we are a bit national and won't so you won't have to worry about after-sales support"), telling you how much better their product is than other companies (spoiler: there's very little difference) before giving you an eye-watering quote that's many multiples of what it should be, hoping you're gullible enough to accept it. If you're not, then they will start with their numerous little "tricks" to get the price down until you accept: "can we use your home in our brochure?", "I'll just need to call my manager", "we're doing a special offer but you need to accept today...".

    I know who I'd rather give my money to.
    • Carrot007
    • By Carrot007 7th Jan 19, 10:39 AM
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    Best value I found was to go to a place they only sells the doors. That means it is designed for mostly trade only. Ask them to recomend a fitter who they think is ok (they will know the good ones). Fitter comes and measures up. Orders the door. You pay for the door direct. Fitter collects and you pay him £150 for the fitting. Composite door ditted (no extra panels but certainly not the cheapest composite they offerd by any means) dfor £750. Now 3 years later and no issues.


    Most local comapnies will just end up going to a place like this anyway. Much cheaper if you cut out the part where they pretend to make the door themselves and inflate the price becuaseyou have been to a national firm.
    • oozle1989
    • By oozle1989 7th Jan 19, 10:43 AM
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    Thanks everyone. My initial thought was that it was way overpriced but didn’t know whether I was just being a noob! I will look for local companies.
    • oozle1989
    • By oozle1989 7th Jan 19, 10:46 AM
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    An honest firm would measure up, give you a brief sales spiel and offer their best price.

    The national firms' approach is to come round, measure up, spend at least an hour on their sales pitch, a lot of that spent bashing their small local competitors (e.g. "small companies go out of business all the time, we are a bit national and won't so you won't have to worry about after-sales support"), telling you how much better their product is than other companies (spoiler: there's very little difference) before giving you an eye-watering quote that's many multiples of what it should be, hoping you're gullible enough to accept it. If you're not, then they will start with their numerous little "tricks" to get the price down until you accept: "can we use your home in our brochure?", "I'll just need to call my manager", "we're doing a special offer but you need to accept today...".

    I know who I'd rather give my money to.
    Originally posted by TheCyclingProgrammer
    Thats exactly what happened to me! The guy spent 2 hours in my house, probably half of that time was spent going through all of their certifications, code of practice and then bashing their competitors. I honestly through he would never leave.
    • king132
    • By king132 7th Jan 19, 11:21 AM
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    I’ve just this week paid for a new composite front door with two side panels. 2m in total length. Wooden slab door, peep hole, letter box - all for £1.2k

    If your front door is south facing then I would recommend paying a bit extra to get a wooden slab rather than foam filled. Less likely to warp and it’s a more solid.

    Also look into Ultion Locks.
    • pinkshoes
    • By pinkshoes 7th Jan 19, 5:00 PM
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    We bought a new PVC front door and side panel from Safestyle about 4.5 years ago. A basic (although not cheapest) one.

    It was exactly £1000 after haggling. A lot of haggling.

    The local independent would have been just a tad over £1000 but had a 6 month waiting list, and our door was wooden and so rotten you could kick it open!
    Should've = Should HAVE (not 'of')
    Would've = Would HAVE (not 'of')

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    • britishboy
    • By britishboy 7th Jan 19, 5:05 PM
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    We paid £800 (with no side window) fitted for a composite door (made by DoorStop I think)4 years ago, slam lock, fancy lock etc, was fitted in 1/2 a day (we're based in Essex). As others have said avoid Anglian and the nationals like the plague.


    Better still, get your new fancy door fitted, then invite Anglian back to quote then slam your new door in the salesman face
    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 7th Jan 19, 5:27 PM
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    Better still, get your new fancy door fitted, then invite Anglian back to quote then slam your new door in the salesman face
    Originally posted by britishboy
    No residual bitterness I see
    Value-for-money-for-me-puhleeze!

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    • bpk101
    • By bpk101 8th Jan 19, 10:36 AM
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    I just paid the following for a new timber front door in East London:

    Door £280 from Todds Doors
    Glazing for door and fanlight £100 from local glass merchant

    Builder / Carpenter to rip out old door and install new rebated door frame, door, glazing and all door furniture and locks
    £1000

    Locks we went with Banhams, more expensive at £400 for the set but more secure in my opinion.

    A few extras too including brass hinges (extra long screws) and security hinge bolts.
    • britishboy
    • By britishboy 8th Jan 19, 11:23 AM
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    No residual bitterness I see
    Originally posted by VfM4meplse

    None at all. They prey on the elderly and naive and enjoy ripping people off.
    • smudger1964
    • By smudger1964 8th Jan 19, 3:43 PM
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    Give these people a go https://www.valuedoors.co.uk/..
    I have used them twice once for a composite front door and again for a upvc back one.The price you see is the price you pay no messing about with special managers discounts and sign today prices
    The fitted prices are listed on the website no smoke and mirrors
    Last edited by smudger1964; 08-01-2019 at 5:00 PM.
    • tonyh66
    • By tonyh66 8th Jan 19, 3:46 PM
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    got a local joiner to fit new composite frontdoor and side panel less than £1000 (Inverness)
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