The journey that is buy-to-let continues. I have been waiting for a detailed quotation for some maintenance work that needs to be completed. Now the agent had one of their tradesmen quote – that’s what I pay them for! manage the maintenance! – but they only provided a one liner with a price. Given the nature of the job, I said I wanted a full breakdown of the costs and also the quotation had been split into two visits with two call out charges. I asked the agent to request that the work be carried out in one visit (it was possible) and to get a detailed breakdown of the parts and labour charges before I agreed to the works.
Well, not really sure what has gone on but for some reason, the original tradesman was unable to provide the details (avoiding?), so the agent has obtained a quotation from an alternative tradesman, who has confirmed that they can complete the works in one visit and has provided a breakdown of the parts and labour and all this comes in at a 20% lower price that the original tradesman. Now I am not sure what is going on here but it does suggest that the original tradesman was taking the p***. I am just waiting for the agent to confirm that the works have been completed and that this will be deducted from next months rental payment.