Conservatory Prices Quote. What to Look For
What you should include in your conservatory prices quote?
One of the things that can very often “catch out” and upset homeowners who are having a new conservatory fitted, is if the contractor starts to talk about the work costing more than you bargained for at outset.
Many people feel under pressure to pay up, even if they think the added expense is not really warranted. Mainly just not to get into a conflict with the contractor and have their conservatory finished.
This dreaded situation can be avoided if you make sure you know exactly what you are getting for your money at outset.
Estimates versus Quotations
An estimate is open to change, and very often does. Even a written estimate is no better than an educated guess about what the likely costs are going to be.
The only sure way not to get caught out is to have a proper written quotation that covers all aspects of the work. That way, the installer is contracted & legally bound to deliver your work at the price agreed upon.
Before you give the go ahead & part with any money, make sure your conservatory prices quote is backed by a binding contract, because that spells out what exactly is going to be included in the price.
Minimum things I would want to see on my written conservatory quote
- On official company stationary – address, company number, contact details etc.
- Shows their trade body membership details ( FENSA. CERTASS, DGCOS etc.).
- Signed, dated & stamped by an authorised person.
- Accompanied by a plan / technical drawing of the conservatory to be built. (Lean-to, Victorian, Orangery etc.)
- Clarifies who is going to handle the planning permission or building regulations where required.
- Itemised description of works (with time frame – start date & how long the work will take).
- Itemised description of materials – i.e. UPVC steel reinforced frames, how many windows will open, type of window & door furniture, type & number of doors etc…
- What warranties & guarantees are included – what about ongoing service or problems after completion?
- The full & final cost – clarify if its with or without taxes.
- Clear schedule of payments – deposit amount (is it guaranteed?), interim payments – final payment.
- There may be a genuine reason that causes a truly unforeseen event & extra cost- make sure you clarify how something like this is going to be handled – if the contractor causes a problem (bursts a pipe or damages something) are they insured to cover it?
It may look somewhat arduous or maybe you would like to have more information on the quote. But if both parties are clear about what is & is not included and what the work will cost, it can save a huge amount of worry & stress.
Any competent & reputable conservatory company will be more than happy to work through this with potential customers – its the one’s that have an excuse for everything that you must avoid.
You can find request free written quotes from certified installers by going to this page: Get Quotes