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Quotation Prices Explained
Why do quotations for work differ in price?

It is often advisable for gas fire installation, woodburning stove installation, or boiler replacement to get quotes from two or three different sources.

However, getting quotes from different companies often poses more challenges than being helpful. Quotations from different companies often vary significantly from one another. Various installers may charge different prices for a number of reasons.

What are the reasons for variations in pricing for quotations among different companies?

Professional tradespeople are not seeking to “rip off” their customers. They are in business to make a living, just as their clients are in their chosen professions and jobs.

Reputable companies, like ours, strive for fair pricing. Fair to both you, the customer, and ourselves. To stay in business, we must cover our expenses and pay a wage. It’s a simple as that.

A professional heating expert will assess the overall safety and functionality of the entire heating system, or flue, chimney and so on, rather than just repairing a broken boiler or installing a wood burning stove, gas stove or gas fire.

Furthermore, you are paying not just for their “physical” time and labour, but also for their years of training, expertise, and ability, a portion of their business costs (overheads), and the high cost of quality raw materials.

Some ‘food for thought’

  • Businesses who generate a quote as low as possible in order to entice customers will plan this pricing structure with the objective of adding “essentials” to the work once it is underway, and the customer will likely agree to the “extras” to avoid the hassle and delay in the installation not being completed on time.
  • If a plumbing or building business provides the quote, it may be cheaper than other quotes. Plumbers and builders (employing ‘labourers’) charge lower hourly labour rates than a gas heating engineer or skilled stove installer.

    A plumber or builder has lower hourly labour rates than a registered Gas Safe and HETAS engineer. Among other things, a gas heating engineer or skilled stove installer is accountable not only for the work done on a customer’s property, but also for the safety of the individuals who live or work in the building.
  • Businesses that make their quote to you as low as possible will almost always cut corners to achieve these savings. Consider the specifics of the quote: to the uninformed, a “boiler is a boiler” or a “stove is a stove,” and multiple controls, etc. are “just” controls.

    Unfortunately, this is not the case; while a low-quality installation utilising low-cost materials may save money during installation, it can lead to costly failures, poor fuel economy, and long-term safety risks such as gas leaks, carbon monoxide poisoning, or chimney fires.

Being correctly qualified comes at a higher price

  • A Gas-Safe and/or HETAS registered engineer spends significantly more money (thousands of pounds) and takes far more time off work (a significant loss of earnings) than a plumber or builder due to the number of courses and examinations required.Unlike a plumber or a builder, these examinations are taken on a regular basis and are not a “one-time” event.
  • Ongoing professional development, Health and Safety Executive monitoring, and examination increase overhead expenses, and overhead costs raise operating costs, which companies must pass on to customers in the form of higher quotation prices.
  • Gas/HETAS engineers pay more for public liability insurance compared to plumbers, as well as for equipment, and they have to make yearly payments for the Gas-Safe register and the HETAS register, in addition to a slew of other expenses.Gas/HETAS engineers endure greater pressure and have more responsibility than plumbers. They reflect higher qualifications, larger overheads, and ongoing professional development expenses in the costs we give for your particular work quotation.
A professional, gas-safe/HETAS qualified installer will also consider the following:

If you receive multiple price quotes, your more qualified and experienced business will account for the following details. It’s unlikely that your cheaper quotes took these factors into account. Therefore, even though you could think you’re receiving the same thing, you’re not, and you probably won’t even realise it.

  • The gas supply pipe from the meter to the boiler may need replacement because the pipe bore is too small and does not supply enough pressure to allow the boiler to operate at peak efficiency.
  • Top quality materials used. The manufacturers back the top quality materials with their long warranty and good reputation – not materials cheaply made and mass produced in China.
  • Since 2005, practically all new boilers have been required to be condensing boilers, which are regarded as more energy efficient. Unlike older boilers, this type of boiler requires a conduit to drain condensed water. So, if you’re replacing an older boiler, the heating specialist will have to figure out the easiest route to access the boiler’s drain connection.Depending on where the boiler is located, this could be a simple or challenging task!It might even be worth thinking about shifting the boiler position. It is critical to carefully position a condensate pipe since a badly installed condensate line can freeze and cause the boiler to stop working in cold weather.
  • Many boiler manufacturers require a “power flush” at the time of installation in order for the manufacturer’s warranty to be valid.Sludge and corroded metal can accumulate in radiators over time, limiting heating efficiency and placing strain on the boiler.Furthermore, new systems will be littered with metal filings, flux, and other installation waste. Following a new installation, it is important to flush the system thoroughly to remove debris and comply with the manufacturer’s warranty.
  • A professional heating engineer will want to check that any wiring is up to current electrical standards and will either carry out this work themselves (if qualified to do so, saving you the extra cost of an electrician) or will recommend that you hire a suitably qualified electrician.
  • The 2010 Building Regulations require installations to include a method of controlling the temperatures independently in areas that have different heating needs (e.g. separate sleeping and living areas). Installations use TRVs (thermostatic radiator valves) and a thermostat.
  • A competent engineer will inspect a chimney or flue to check its safety, and in most cases, they will fit an appropriate flue liner for gas stove, gas fire and solid fuel installations.

When comparing quotes, it’s important to ensure that the specifications are “like for like.” This means that the make and model, as well as the specifications and controls of the boiler/fire/stove, should be identical across the quotes you receive.

Ensuring consistency in the brief explanation of the job is also essential for effective comparison. It’s crucial to avoid comparing “apples” with “pears,” as doing so makes it pointless to evaluate numerous quotes.

It’s advisable to engage a company that is trustworthy and likely to continue trading in the future. Having a reliable point of contact for support and guidance, and potentially access to free remedial work, can be invaluable if issues arise.

The incorrect installation of gas or solid fuel appliances can pose serious risks. It’s unwise to entrust such a crucial task to a business offering a low-cost quote, as the potential consequences could endanger lives, pets, possessions, and property.

It’s essential to prioritise safety and quality over cost, especially when it comes to the installation of gas or solid fuel appliances.

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