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I had someone give me a roofing quote that was twice as much as another one I'd received - bloody ridiculous, particularly as we're very familiar with what things cost, given the in-laws are builders. Of course, have now had 2 people told us they would come to give quotes and not show, and another show and not give us a quote...
US -> UK -> NZ -> OZ
I have been in Australia for 5 years now and have had so many problems with tradies its not true. Yes it is funny sometimes but other times its quite stressful when they just dont turn up. I found a website
the idea is that you post the job you have and tradies pay to receive your email address or phone number to quote. They also have to pay to be on the site (you as the customer dont). They apparently are more likely to turn up and try seriously for the job if they have paid etc. I have a concreter coming out on Sunday after using the site so I will let you all know if he doesnt turn up and take back the recommendation!!!!
My Dad has just moved out here from the UK, he is a Joiner, had his own business for 30 years. He cant believe the stories I tell him about workmen here so there is no way he would slip into that mode. Give me a PM if anyone wants to contact him. Im keeping him busy at mine at the moment but Im only paying him in beer so he'd appreciate some dollars!!!!
I find Jim's services to be great. I've called them a couple of times now to get things done and you just explain the problem and they get one of their contractors/tradies that's in your area to call you and arrange a time to come out. They seem to do everything. You mainly see Jim's Gardening out and about but we have used them for the pool and some fencing.