Painting and Decorating – Being Asked To Price An Insurance Job

What do you do if you get asked to price a job which is being paid for as part of an insurance claim? We asked members of the Decorators Forum to share their advice and experience

Waste of time in my experience. They just use you for a quote

Kevin Young

They can be ok. They generally give the funds to customer so you’re not waiting to get paid from them. If it’s someone I don’t know I charge for an insurance quote because there’s a lot of people who will just want the quote but have no intention of giving you the work. I just say it will be deducted from the job if I’m successful in getting it.

Scott Connelly

You do tend to get messed about a bit. Home owners are asked to get quotes for a pay out a lot of the time. I have had a couple of good ones

Mike Cupit

I’ve quoted about 10 in my time and never got 1. Waste of time in my opinion. Having said that, if someone asked me to go quote tomorrow for an insurance job, I can’t refuse it.

Chris Georgiou

I Always charge for insurance quotes as they tend to just want a quote to get money…did 5 last year and didn’t get one

Steve Weaver

Been stung a few times on insurance quotes. As above 👆don’t bother

Tez Clark

Stay away! they have set prices already for each task and they will not pay anything else, save your time and energy on jobs you know you can win👍

John Cummings

Charge high. I normally tell the client I’m charging high and putting £100 for them towards there excess so they push for you to get the job. Normally it’s the client who pays the insurance company, give them the money.

David Fortnam

I’ve just done one, I was asked to do an insurance quote and a private quote for the same customer (separate work in the house) I added on a lot on the insurance job to cover materials for private job doing customer a favor. When It came to payment, he tried saying I said he can keep the insurance quote money and that I would just charge him the same day rate throughout on the private job but for the whole job. Didn’t back down from that and he coughed up the money. But just be careful they do try it    

Kenny Carpenter

As everyone else has said, I’ve done a few quotes and never heard back from any of them. I think they send the quote off and do it themselves.

Gavin Sutcliffe

Do what David Fortnam says, that’s great advice. I do the same or even sometimes crank the price up and say I will do an extra room as well. The customer will get loads of quotes. Weeds out the cheap ones and just sends the insurance company the top three quotes

Alan Saddler

I charge 50 quid! Time wasters!!

Steven Markey

Go and get your own experience, I’ve done a few now and not charged and not been messed around. I was worried sick as I hear all the stories on here

Richard Irons

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