If you are a builder you can use Price Doctor to estimate your jobs, this can be done with the customer, so they can make choices on the finishes they want or you can do it when you get back to the office. It will really speed up your estimating times, and will deliver a professional looking quote in super quick time, avoiding hours of paperwork and expensive mistakes as you try to catch up with quotes at the end of a busy day.
The pro version can be programmed to take account of the discounts you receive from suppliers to ensure you accurate calculations.
It is very easy to use and it guides you through the process of your build using easy to follow pictures, and there is a massive blue help button on each page if you can’t work out how to answer.
For homeowners who are not sure whether to think about building an extension, or who have some quotes and just want to check if they are fair and accurate then try Price Doctor’s Extension Estimate Checker for free.
You can go on to pay for extra features such as a list of materials and a breakdown of labour costs. These are great features if you are going to project manage your own build.
We think we have managed to make Price Doctor as simple as possible to use, you do not need computer experience and it is all broken down into easy stages with choices of pictures for you to just click on. Visit Price Doctor and get a free total for for your build, which you can compare with builders quotes or use to budget your project. Click on the image below or visit our home page and find Price Doctor in the navigation buttons on the left.
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Everything preceding this blog post explains the number of complaints against tradespeople in the UK. Unfortunately the problem of unsatisfied customers is further expanded by the home improver doing little research into the actual project they want doing.
Way back in 1990, in a paper called Building Procurement, A. Turner summed up the problem succinctly when he stated “All things being equal, as any customer knows, you can probably have what you want if you know what it is. If you do not know exactly what you want, you will probably end up with partly, or totally, what you don’t want.”
The Which report of August 2011 concluded that 2.5 million people have had a dispute with a builder or decorator in the last 3 years and the most common disagreement was the quality of the work.
Other complaints were mostly about bad timekeeping by traders and properties being left very untidy. The report also states that 25% of homeowners went ahead with the work despite not receiving a written quote or contract from the trader.
Finally the report concludes that almost 20% of complaint cases in 2010 ended up in court.
As if all those statistics were not bad enough, Trading Standards reports that in 2011£170m was stolen by cowboys in 2010 through taking deposits and not finishing work
DIY Doctor’s own survey in October 2011 showed
76% of people who receive more than one quote are confused as to why there is such extensive variation
1 in 3 homeowners who have had work done had problems with the contractor they chose
Next year 43% of home improvers plan a garden makeover of some kind and there has been a huge increase in complaints against cowboy gardeners
In the final part of this story we are pleased to announce that we are working very hard to eliminate the risks involved with employing tradespeople of any kind in your home. Our Home Improvement Protection Solution offers peace of mind with many practical measures that can be taken to protect your home. We have much more lined up.
Please post your comments to help us provide the best support we can for home improvers.
Watch our video about Price Doctor – DIY Doctor’s building quotation and price checking software, as Mike Edwards aka The DIY Doctor, talks you through how the system works and why and when you would need to use it if you are planning an extension on your house.
The video explains the simple steps of how to use the software to give you a price and a breakdown for your house extension so that you can check builders quotes are accurate or manage your own project.Price Doctor forms part of a 5 stepHome Improver Protection Solution (HIPS) that aims to empower the homeowner and protect you from cowboy builders.