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Building work is notoriously associated with a ‘con-man’ culture. Even companies who are not out to just take your money and run will often charge dramatically over the odds if they’re able to.
The replacement of soffits, fascias and guttering is no exception. It’s highly common to have salespeople knock at your door, or pester you with a friendly phone call just as you’re about to sit down to dinner – yet these people are rarely who you should be buying from. Their main concern is their commission cheque, not the wellbeing of customers and the customer’s home, or that the customer is receiving the right price and value for money.
There are a few things to consider when establishing if or not a soffits and fascias salesperson is trustworthy, and worth your time and money.
If possible, observe the condition of your existing fascias carefully – if you’re not capable of doing this yourself, as a friend or family member if they would kindly do it for you. If the fascias are rotting, or showing signs of the early stage of rot, then you need to get the whole area replaced. However, if they are still in reasonable condition, simply having the timber capped over should suffice.
Soffits and fascias companies and salespeople who should be avoided are those who tell you the opposite of what you have established needs to be done. They may claim the whole area requires replacement, simply to charge more than they need to. However, they may claim that capping the timber will suffice, in order to make less work for their workmen.
It’s also worth avoiding the ‘big names’. While they should in most cases be efficient and provide the service paid for, they tend to demand very high prices for their work – prices that are significantly higher than the standard going rates.
Also avoid anyone who quotes a price that seems too good to be true. Either the work provided will be very substandard and will have to be redone shortly down the line, or they will simply take your money and run.
The average cost replacing soffits, fascias and guttering (along with any associated work that is involved such as the removal of rubbish) on an average 3 bedroomed semi-detached house should stand between approximately £1300 and £2000. Of course these prices will vary according to the severity of the problem and the exact size of the building. Bungalows will be cheaper since no scaffolding will be required.
A fantastic tip for reducing the cost of replacing soffits and fascias is to haggle. Salespeople will expect this, so don’t be afraid to let loose. Homeowners who simply accept the first price given will in many cases pay dramatically over the odds, particularly in regards to large firms as opposed to local businesses. Aim to pay around 40% to 50% of the original quoted price. While this may seem like a huge reduction, salespeople will inflate the initial price on purpose, so that they are able to reduce the quote and appear to be offering the homeowner a great deal.
Yet possibly the best tip for ensuring you pay the right price, as well as getting the work completed to a high standard is to do your research, and to employ a small, local firm to do the job.
Talk to friends and neighbours who may have had similar work completed, and ask them who they would recommend. If this doesn’t yield any results, get online. A quick internet search for a relevant phrase such as ‘soffits and fascias Nottingham’ should reveal a list of local businesses, as well as a selection of previous customer reviews. This should ensure you are able to weed out the trustworthy, reliable and fair firms, and can avoid those who are simply out to make a quick buck at the expense of a homeowner and their home.
This article was written by Amy Fowler on behalf of Stormclad Home Improvements. Amy writes on a variety of topics including how to reduce the cost of home improvements.