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Would you recommend your builder, plumber, electrician or carpenter?
messageElectricians not currently interested
Posted by Lynne 26 November, 2018 10:48

Do I hold outdated values, or is it normal for tradesmen not to bother to return calls? I've wasted some time leaving messages with several companies, then giving them a couple of days to respond, but waiting in vain. OK, it's a little job but a call saying "sorry we're busy," would seem to be polite. What's the point of them spending money on advertising if they don't reply to a question? And self interest might suggest to them that I'm unlikely to ever use them if I want a big job done, or to recommend them to anyone else.
As this Forum proves, word of mouth is a valuable asset.
Finally got someone coming tomorrow, and if all is well, I shall broadcast his praises here.

messageRe: Electricians not currently interested
Posted by Angelina 26 November, 2018 13:14

they can pick and choose their work and are probably too busy to call you. I had a similar with a plumber - I had a couple who didn't turn up as they had taken on bigger work.

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Posted by ianr 26 November, 2018 14:10

Was there not a thread to the same effect in the Businesses section last week? Am I being gasliighted?

messageRe: Electricians not currently interested
Posted by peckham_ryu 26 November, 2018 21:43

Yes, it’s normal. As is the scope and ghost: “I’ll send you a quote in the next couple of days…” “……@…”

messageRe: Electricians not currently interested
Posted by alex_b 26 November, 2018 21:49

I had an electrician waste his time and mine coming round and then never bothering to send a quote despite two polite reminder emails.

messageRe: Electricians not currently interested
Posted by Lynne 26 November, 2018 22:07

I've even had people doing the work and then never sending a bill

messageRe: Electricians not currently interested
Posted by ianr 26 November, 2018 22:14

What did happen to the previous thread?

messageRe: Electricians not currently interested
Posted by cella 26 November, 2018 23:46

Think it was my thread you're referring to on three businesses that behaved in similiar fashion and was received in different ways on here. Totally agree with you Lynne and personally am amazed at people on here who seem content to defend local businesses who behave in this cynical way. There is no excuse for lazy companies who relax with the good reviews they receive on here so don't appear to feel the need to think of the future customers they are alienating by not responding or letting down. I've now sorted my request but remain disillusioned with the rubbish ones.

messageRe: Electricians not currently interested
Posted by Lynne 27 November, 2018 13:56

I can now say that Miles is the exception. Prompt, polite, punctual. Makes you feel like keeping him secret in case he gets too busy for next time.

messageRe: Electricians not currently interested
Posted by diable rouge 27 November, 2018 14:33

alex_b Wrote:
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> I had an electrician waste his time and mine
> coming round and then never bothering to send a
> quote despite two polite reminder emails.

This cuts both ways, the public don't always respond to submitted quotes and follow-up calls/emails...

messageRe: Electricians not currently interested
Posted by Pugwash 27 November, 2018 17:28

I was advised by my decorator to contact Gary Vu, I had in mind this guy when I discovered that my usual contact had work for another 3 weeks and could not fit me in. Gary was busy but when he heard that my decorator was due to commence work with me within a week, and needed the work to be done before painting - he offered to come in on a Saturday. Was a small job ( rewiring a ceiling light and replacing a broken socket outlet) and completed within an hour. very reasonable cost (paid cash)

messageRe: Electricians not currently interested
Posted by caz 28 November, 2018 11:32

Just want to endorse the recommendation for Gary Vu. I've used him on many occasions,reliable, honest and reasonable rates.

messageRe: Electricians not currently interested
Posted by alex_b 28 November, 2018 13:26

I'd also like to endorse Gary Vu, he came round when other electricians hadn't bothered to quote. He did a great job at a fair price. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him.

messageRe: Electricians not currently interested
Posted by Showat January 21, 12:36PM

Could someone please send me Gary Vu's details, sorry if i'm being blind - I just can't see that anyone has posted them?

Thanks,
Sarah

messageRe: Electricians not currently interested
Posted by malumbu January 21, 01:16PM

Do bear with Tradespeople - a lot of their time is currently spent listening to the Brexit debate on Fivelive or LBC and then having to phone in or text their views. Cabbies are under even more pressure.

messageRe: Electricians not currently interested
Posted by JohnL January 21, 01:36PM

malumbu Wrote:
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> Do bear with Tradespeople - a lot of their time is
> currently spent listening to the Brexit debate on
> Fivelive or LBC and then having to phone in or
> text their views. Cabbies are under even more
> pressure.

They have to support Darren Grimes too, as he's under a bit of stress.

messageRe: Electricians not currently interested
Posted by cella January 21, 03:18PM

malumbu Wrote:
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> Do bear with Tradespeople - a lot of their time is
> currently spent listening to the Brexit debate on
> Fivelive or LBC and then having to phone in or
> text their views. Cabbies are under even more
> pressure.

Eh? Again.....

messageRe: Electricians not currently interested
Posted by caz January 22, 11:09AM

Hi Showat, Gary Vu's number is 07872 178044


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