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Kent Arboreal

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    Herne Bay

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  1. Price on the doorstep confirmed in writing. That’s what I said. I may not be at my clearest right now though as I’m looking after my 5 day old son, hence being on Arbtalk at 4am.
  2. This handsome old devil is the best liked member of the Kent Arboreal team. Largely because he’s the only likeable one. Not much of a climber though.
  3. If you can give em a price on the doorstep and offer a date to do the work you are way more likely to get the work in my experience. I only email confirmations of the price I’ve already given apart from occasional jobs with added complications that need addressing. When I price a job, this is how I go about it: Inspection Risk assessment Do I need to bring in any special equipment? How many people do I need on the job? How long do I expect it to take? What’s the access like? How much space is available? How much are we tipping? How far are we from a tip site? Charge a good rate for good work. As a self employed person you don’t get pension contributions, sick pay, holiday pay, etc, so that needs to be factored in too. Tempting as it is to price low, it just means you sell yourself short and drive prices down for others. None of us are Tesco’s with turnovers of billions and able to survive on a margin of 2%, so don’t get caught in that mentality. If your business depends heavily on one quote being accepted then the problem isn’t your price, it’s your advertising. Don’t be all slap dash with it, and throw money everywhere, find out what works and focus on it. I personally find I can get work from local print advertising but not enough to justify the expense. But if I pay more for front page print ads I get a much better return on investment. Identify where most of your work comes from and strategise around that
  4. I agree. You’re being paid for the fact you have the equipment and skills to do a job that the customer doesn’t. How long it takes is irrelevant as long as the customer is happy with the price. I personally price for what I think the job will be, plus a bit extra for “buggerage” when something unexpected crops up on some jobs and they over run. I’d rather know if I over run I’m still going to turn a profit, otherwise you’re basically paying the customer for the privilege of doing a job for them. I learned that lesson very early on.
  5. We quoted a few of these but never got them. Craziest was a shit ton of work here there and everywhere around the village. 5 firms quoted for it. Four of us quoted between 17k and 22k. Our quote was 18k by the way. The contract went to the fifth quote of 2.5k. Never knew if they managed to do it all. If they did they were on about ten quid a day. Never bother quoting PCs any more. Only one I ever won I misread the spec and barely broke even. Fuck that. The building firms are as bad as others have already mentioned. I’m pretty sure a lot of them are just looking for a muppet who’ll cut down TPO’d trees so they can get on with a project without any ballache or liability for doing it. Had one this week ask us to tender for a polished concrete floor. Wouldn’t even know where to begin doing that. But more to the point why would anyone think we would?!
  6. A bit of brash shredding back at the yard with the little Hyundai
  7. Hahaha you’ll be a long time cutting with that
  8. Nah, NFU, 2 years to pay out a £900 commercial claim (£400 after excess). I used to run a cleaning company in another life and one of our girls spilled some very strong oven cleaner on an oiled oak worktop which ate the wood alive. Photos to prove it, client vouched for it, got quotes for the work from 2 joiners, ended up taking so long to get it authorised that I just went ahead and had a guy replace it at my own expense and hoped to recoup the money down the line. Two years later after I’d long given up hope and changed insurance companies I call them on the off chance and they say “oh yeah, we signed off on the money, we just didn’t call to let you know, would you like us to send it to you?” Me...”of course I £&@@ing would!”
  9. Just price it as normal that’s what I’d do. Every jobs different so I just price so I’ll definitely walk away with a profit even if theres a snafu. That way I never get shafted by the unexpected. People are prepared to pay good money for good work. And the ones that aren’t, aren’t worth working for.
  10. Best moment has to be when his tape comes unstuck. Good luck popping that back on. Still, nice to see he’s cutting to spec anyway... [emoji23]
  11. That ghost story has been reported all over the country not just in Weymouth. In fact I had a similar experience a couple of weeks ago when the pubs opened at 730 am because the rugby World Cup final was on. Seem the spirits are more active that time of the morning.
  12. The whole wing of the house. ?! That’s quite the apparition. my uncle used to tell a story of when he was a boy in the 1950s and walking across the fields near his house saw a big stone wall with a door in it and a woman beckoning him in. There was no wall there and he said he got a strong feeling that he shouldn’t go in and instead ran home. He swears this is true although it sounds bonkers.
  13. I’ve had so many! I had a guy who thought being hung over was a fine excuse for being off sick. Sacked him in the end. I had a guy from an agency who on his first day had turned up on site and felled a 40ft 15 in diameter ash tree with a b&q handsaw before we’d arrived with the kit. Fuck knows how he managed it, no notch or anything, just cut straight through and thank fuck it fell somewhere safely! A few stormed off site over the years. And anAustralian guy who quit on the spot and never worked for us again after a digger driver from another firm took the piss out of him. Good people are hard to come by. Especially when you’re a small outfit and don’t have the time or resources to keep em in line with an HR department and all that jazz.
  14. Trackers only go so far, once it shows up your kits with the Irish wombles and the hopeless fuzz don’t wanna go in and get it then it’s lost any way.


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