Right i went to do a price on a job, this was a bungalow, one of these places on the outside it wasn’t much but on the inside it was really something.
My sons behind me , I use him as a listening ear, we walk in kitchen, I could see the guy was a good builder, the customer wanted a price, I didn’t want to overcharge, or under charge so i said i would prefer to do an hourly rate, and being honest i didn’t know how long the job would take, covering all kitchen units.
Extra lack of experience showed Ii think, but I was honest with him, and said I am just starting out,and don’t do this everyday. He had looked at my website, so he could see I had done a thing or two, he must have gathered i was keen, I turned up on time, I felt nervous when I saw the kitchen. This guy was very experienced, if it had been a older person i would have done a lot better, my son gave me 7/10, but i felt a bit amateurish, not being able to give a price. I think he would have picked up on this, but i was honest he could see that.
If i get the job nice, if not we will press on. As for my son maybe taking him would have looked amateurish, but he’s my listening ear, if I cant hear words, as for approaching customers, I feel OK any tips would be put to the test.
As for the pricing,time this is a problem how can you know how long a job takes when you have never done something of that size before?
My son suggested we should stick to our own style houses, which we both painted, know the layouts, also being known in an area may get good word out quicker in the community.
Maybe this job was a lesson, sheeting up expensive units, doing posh kitchens should be left. Maybe not work on such high expectations, maybe just stick to jobs like bedrooms, living rooms, Exteriors of park homes,may suit us better.
One thing is for sure we will keep pressing on till we get what we want, any tips appreciated.