Accommod8

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Saturday 14th November 2020


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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 5

Accommod8

11:27 AM, 10th March 2021
About a month ago

Agent Renewing fees?

For the only managed property we've had ( for two years before self managing), I got agreement at commencement from the agent touting for our business, against two other agents, that no renewal fee would be payable. Even if they say its industry practice to charge it, tell them these are your terms if they'd like to secure income, or a competitor will get it.
There is no rationale to justify photocopying the same document by altering the date only, but then charging a massive fee for so-called "professional management services".... Read More

Accommod8

11:59 AM, 13th February 2021
About 2 months ago

Problems dealing with a Roofing contractor?

Reply to the comment left by wanda wang at 12/02/2021 - 21:58
Wanda- It obviously wouldn't be worth trusting a company/individual who hasn't got an address, or rather won't provide one. I would follow my recommendation of contacting a roofing merchant, asking them to see if they will give you a couple of contacts of firms who have an account with them and have been around for many years. If you see roofers' vans with only a mobile number when you're out anywhere locally, I 'd probably try to select those with landlines too. Good luck.... Read More

Accommod8

11:00 AM, 12th February 2021
About 2 months ago

Problems dealing with a Roofing contractor?

Just to add of course for a very minor repair, you might get a contractor to carry work out immediately, if you can get them there!... Read More

Accommod8

10:56 AM, 12th February 2021
About 2 months ago

Problems dealing with a Roofing contractor?

Reply to the comment left by wanda wang at 11/02/2021 - 22:25
Hi Wanda,
I'm afraid it's a lottery as to who responds when some might possibly prefer to be furloughed if they had established accounts, and others with a large workload when home owners have had time to get round to dealing with things they'd been putting off.
Anyway, perhaps you could contact your nearest roofing merchant (not builder's merchant), and ask who they know well with a reputation for good customer service and who would look at a job of any size, who can provide you with a written quotation after actually looking fairly closely at your issue. It depends on the height, pitch (steepness) and accessibility of your problem as to whether they'd be able to directly reach the location of say a roof leak without for example a "zip-up" tower, but usually for two storey problems, they'd get their extending ladders off their van and get as near as is reasonable, also weather dependent due to slipping. If it's a significant issue, I'd offer say £50 for them to erect a tower for a proper examination (if not causing damage by standing on a brittle or deteriorating area), if otherwise they can't get to it. They can use a cat-ladder from a tower normally for closer access, and then take a few photos if safe to do so).
Otherwise you would in my view be better calling at a number of neighbours (or noticing them on a walk for Covid reasons of not calling at others' houses), especially if there are properties of the same or similar design, and ask them who they used and whether they gave a quality and reliable service. Not a big fan of Checking A Trade type services. You need a firm with an address too, not from a leaflet with a mobile phone number!... Read More

Accommod8

12:00 PM, 11th February 2021
About 2 months ago

Problems dealing with a Roofing contractor?

As a former roofing contractor, I would suggest for substantial repairs writing your own schedule of work from the first quotation received by asking that contractor to itemise, in detail, all the steps of the work, ( e.g. State extent of scaffolding and where it would be located; Strip back existing slates adjacent to lower chimney stack and photograph condition of rafters; Leave site completely clean and tidy etc) as well as the quality and brand of materials. This should give you roughly like for like quotes when you then invite two subsequent quotations.
In your initial emailed instructions when making your enquiry, ask all of them to state that the work is on the basis of a 2 month 20% retention in order for you to check water and weather tightness. (This would obviously not apply to very minor repairs, such as re-bedding a ridge tile). You'll almost always get a chance to experience rain from various wind directions, and of various degrees, and the roofing contractor will be very keen to oblige in almost all cases. You could also ask whether scaffolding could be left in place for a few more weeks while weather testing happens for larger jobs. This shouldn't cost you as much as you would think.
Also, since costly scaffolding is really needed these days for even fairly minor repair work, attempted repairs to a leak which may have multiple leakage causes are often difficult to trace, due to travelling water etc., so a contractor can inherit the problems perhaps caused by deterioration and poor previous standards in some cases. Therefore, I would generally look at investing in renewing everything related to a problem if possible, as it could be false economy otherwise. So I wouldn't regard all failed repair attempts as "cowboy" work.
Agree in advance having many photos of all stages of work being sent to you.
Include requiring a written guarantee separate from the invoice stating that it will cover the replacement of defective materials and workmanship for 10 years when not caused by exceptional storm damage and where you have not given access to others since, such as aerial fitting or window cleaners, who can easily break tiles, for example. For repairs, you'll struggle to nail a guarantee down at all in most cases.
Remember roofs do take an absolute hammering, and out of sight is often out of mind.... Read More