Get like-for-like quotes

Bricklaying is one of the most fundamental trades there is, literally the building block that forms the basis of many other jobs.

While smaller jobs, such as putting up a low garden wall, will not require complex quotes, with many larger jobs, it’s advisable to communicate effectively while getting quotations, from at least three tradesman/helpers. The detail and scope of their quotation can tell you a lot about their process.

It’s important to make sure that all the quotations are “like-for-like” – do they include materials and labour, as well as any subcontracting the tradesman may do, and VAT? (Helpers.ie policy states that tradesman/suppliers/helpers must give you the end quote that includes VAT, their quote is the end price that you pay after work is done).

If the tradesman/helpers will be removing and disposing of any previous materials, such as an old wall that is being demolished, is that included? The only way to accurately compare quotations is if you are comparing like-for-like, and to get them from people who have seen the job in person.

Taking a sample of at least three quotations can can help you spot any that seem unreasonably low – if this is the case, it could be the sign of a tradesman/helpers who wants to win the job, but will make up the true value by adding on extra costs during the course of the build.

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On large repointing jobs, many bricklayers may subcontract, hiring scaffolders to come and erect professional scaffolding to allow them access to the whole wall. Others will simply use ladders, or perhaps a cherry picker. Talk to the tradesman/helper you are interested in to see if these are necessary and how it affects the cost – you may be able to hire scaffolding yourself at a lower price than a tradesman/helper offers.

There are various Work at Height regulations which every tradesman/helper should adhere to, and the Health and Safety Executive has produced a brief guide to what the regulations and guidelines mean in practice. Also check out Check their familiarity with planning permission and building regulations.

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