A few words about estimates to clear up a common misconception. An estimate is not the same as a fixed price quotation. Our estimate is our best assessment of what a piece of work will cost based on your specification and what we can actually see to measure and appraise when we visit. When work proceeds smoothly and according to plan, without hindrance from hidden obstacles or variations in specification, our estimates are usually very accurate!

The very nature of the work we do makes exact costings almost impossible. In any home improvement project the full extent of the work required will not become fully evident until after work has started. We usually have to 'deconstruct' to some extent before we can 'reconstruct', or to put this another way, we have to go backwards before we can move forwards. This process is quite likely to reveal issues which need attention such as faulty plumbing, poor electrics, blown plaster, crumbling brick or blockwork etc. Remedial work like this cannot always be foreseen and will often add to the cost of the project. However, we always try our hardest to minimise overrun and, if we get ahead elsewhere on the project, we can sometimes avoid it altogether! Either way, we will keep you advised and discuss any 'surprises' that come to light so you can make an informed decision on how you wish us to proceed.

"Rome wasn't built in a day". This is a quote, not an estimate.

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