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By jesse 24 September 2012 24

We paid $80 an hour for a chap with a Dingo machine to rip out some shrubs. Not an onerous task by any means. Cost $400. Not bad money for 5 hours work. We asked if he could come back to take out some more, but he never came back or even contacted us after I left a message on his mobile.

Second guy – recommended on The Riot Act – came, had a look, told us what he would do, said he’d get back to us, but failed to contact us, even though we asked if he could start this week.

The work needing to be done is on flat ground, easily accessible and we are willing to pay whatever is necessary to complete the job. Probably about 2 days work.

We are easy going, and not demanding. What are we doing wrong?

I’d love to be so well off that I could knock back $80 – $100 an hour.

What’s Your opinion?


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jesse 7:16 pm 10 Nov 12

schmeah said :

CanberraMum said :

Is anyone else tired about the dodgy tradies hurting the reputations and livelihoods of the good ones?? I was offered a $600 discount to pay cash the other day, which really pissed me off. Not least cause some-one offering to drop the GST is still wrong, it should be 40% (GST and Company Tax) – but because it just rips off the honest businesses doing the right thing. Fortunately it was the first of my three quotes anyway, and it was still exorbitant…so I gave the tradie whose quote I did (and who was quick, clean and honest) accept an additional carton of beer! and I have a warranty 🙂

You managed to get multiple quotes .. Christ, when we had a water related emergency I called every plumber listed on the Northside; they either didn’t answer, didn’t return phone calls or told me they couldn’t do it. One plumber mob got back to me and came around that same day and gave us a quote to do some substantial work .. we spent all the next week chasing other plumbers to get an alternative quote but it was just impossible .. messages always went unanswered and given the urgency of the situation options were limited. We just went with the first/only mob – who were excellent, efficient and very thorough .. other tradies lost out on a few of $K (or we got robbed .. ).

Actually, we only managed to get one quote (from Bernie) and we were so desperate we grabbed him. The price was reasonable, they cleaned the site carefully before leaving and even asked us if we had any rubbish we wanted taking to the dump with their load of rubble.

schmeah 2:41 pm 10 Nov 12

CanberraMum said :

Is anyone else tired about the dodgy tradies hurting the reputations and livelihoods of the good ones?? I was offered a $600 discount to pay cash the other day, which really pissed me off. Not least cause some-one offering to drop the GST is still wrong, it should be 40% (GST and Company Tax) – but because it just rips off the honest businesses doing the right thing. Fortunately it was the first of my three quotes anyway, and it was still exorbitant…so I gave the tradie whose quote I did (and who was quick, clean and honest) accept an additional carton of beer! and I have a warranty 🙂

You managed to get multiple quotes .. Christ, when we had a water related emergency I called every plumber listed on the Northside; they either didn’t answer, didn’t return phone calls or told me they couldn’t do it. One plumber mob got back to me and came around that same day and gave us a quote to do some substantial work .. we spent all the next week chasing other plumbers to get an alternative quote but it was just impossible .. messages always went unanswered and given the urgency of the situation options were limited. We just went with the first/only mob – who were excellent, efficient and very thorough .. other tradies lost out on a few of $K (or we got robbed .. ).

jesse 9:45 am 10 Nov 12

Thankyou PLANDSCAPE! Landscaping completed at last. Finally, after several people, including one of the tradies mentioned in a reply on the Riotact failed to give a quote after promising to get back to us, we have had the landscaping done by an expert.
What a fantastic company PLANDSCAPE is. The boss – Bernie Whalan, who has an Industrial Design degree – is a friendly, super efficient guy with 3 excellent employees. Bernie sent us a quote within 12 hours and started work the next day. The semi-circular compressed granite drive, the courtyard paving, the 2 retaining walls etc were completed within a week. My partner and I, both worked in the engineering, architectural field and we were both impressed by the quality of advice and the workmanship.
Plandscape phone number is 0407275223, or plandscape.com.au

CanberraMum 9:09 pm 05 Nov 12

Is anyone else tired about the dodgy tradies hurting the reputations and livelihoods of the good ones?? I was offered a $600 discount to pay cash the other day, which really pissed me off. Not least cause some-one offering to drop the GST is still wrong, it should be 40% (GST and Company Tax) – but because it just rips off the honest businesses doing the right thing. Fortunately it was the first of my three quotes anyway, and it was still exorbitant…so I gave the tradie whose quote I did (and who was quick, clean and honest) accept an additional carton of beer! and I have a warranty 🙂

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