Which? suddenly realise that builders can be idiots, too
Despite the fact that half-baked consumer issues programmes like Rogue Traders, starring that grinning simpleton and his mate with a motorcycle, have been parping on about shitty builders since TV began, Which? have finally caught up and gasped at the way our mucky skivs don't play ball.
Yessir, the astonishing news from the meddling consumer folks have discovered that getting plenty of builders' quotes could actually save you money. Apparently, whilst they were undertaking this astonishing study, they found that the difference between the highest quote and the lowest was rather big.
Who would have ever thought that to be the case?
Which? asked builders and bricklayers to quote for a wheelie-bin shelter and, in their own words, "the differences were startling, especially so as we removed the top and bottom 10% quotes to get rid of extremes."
If you're daft enough to live in the South East of England, the biggest gap on the large side. The lowest quote was £235 and the highest £850.
Which? chief executive Peter Vicary-Smith said: "The difference between the highest and lowest quotes we got for this straightforward building job was astounding. It really does hammer home the fact that you should always shop around for the best quote - you could save hundreds of pounds."
Anyway, if you want to stare briefly at a table of results that Which? have devised, then click here. It'll tell you very little and, I imagine, you'll all end up contracting workers in exactly the same way you did previously (ie, Asking your mate to do it who is quite handy with a mallet, or by asking your mates who did their bathroom).
I'm your host Mof Gimmers and this has been Anti-News.