As a new home owner, I’m going through the quite expected challenging experience of having to maintain my property, and all the in’s and out’s that come with it.
After only being there for around 3 months, various pieces of work have been completed from plumbing, electrics, roof mainentance…and most recently tree surgery. I’m still trying to get me head around the way quotes work, and how they can vary so much depending on the trade.
I had a quote done recently for a tree surgeon to tidy up the big gum tree in my yard, which would require one dude with his equipment for about 3 hours work. Even after agreeing to pay cash, and that the off cuts can be left on the property, the quote was around $400. Now I am all for equality between tradies and suits, but even within trades there seems to be gaps. For example the recent work I had done by a sparky took 3 hours for 2 guys plus a bag full of parts for around this same price. While there is insurance, downtime, travel expenses and more that can be taken in to account – whats the deal? I’m interested in some real life experiences from both sides of the fence here.
A recommendation for a variety of tree surgeons would be brilliant too.