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Getting undercut and shoddy workmanship

I put up a post a month or two ago re a summerhouse base I was quoting to put down, plus the assembly of the summerhouse on top. I gave two quotes: one for a slab base with all the usual trimmings, and one for a wooden frame. Anyway, it was too much for the client (a regular of mine), so she went with someone else. I was initially a bit annoyed, but on reflection thought I'd probably underpriced it and wouldn't have made much on the job anyway. My annoyance soon turned to relief.

On arriving to do some work there last week the summerhouse was up! For just how long though, I don't know. It's been stood on an assortment of wooden boards and slabs, and from a distance you can see it's not level. The area in front of the summerhouse is now due to be rotovated and slabbed...rotaovated? ,no, I don't know why either. 

It's actually a real shame my client has been ripped off in this way (I don't know what he charged), but I guess it proves the point that the cheapest quote is rarely the best quote.


'Cheap buys twice' as the saying goes. Or my personal favorite, 'buy once cry once'.







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  • crikey that almost looks like they put the summerhouse there first and slid the random base pieces in afterwards

    • Funny you should say that. There was a jack to the right of the summerhouse which I presume he'd been using to lift it up and slide more wood under 😂

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    Get a grip why do you care! Not your problem!

    let people pick and choose who they use time will tell for them 

    • Get a grip? 😂. Sure, Richard. I just don't like seeing old ladies getting ripped off, that's all. Don't like, don't comment.  😊

  • What a lovely job they've done there, top-drawer workmanship. On the plus side, if it's wonky now then by the time those slabs and blocks have all sunk it might actually end up level! In 6 months the damp will be rising and the doors won't open/close and they'll be asking you if you can do anything about it.

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