Pro Installer July 2018 - Issue 64

PROINSTALLER.CO.UK THE VOICE OF THE TRADE ISSUE 64 JULY 2018 FREE 14 Falling behind in the tech race 24 Seven things you didn’t know about… 28 Highlighting some 38 Tips for installing inconvenient truths fire-resistant glass Contruction needs to see potential in technology. South Yorkshire based Senior Architectural Systems. Benjamin Dyer helps with running your own business. The low-down on installing, choosing and specifying. TRADE PROFESSIONALS DO UNPAID WORK EVERYDAY Freeloading Brits are getting trades professionals to carry out extra unpaid work in our homes every day. New research conduct- ed by CORGI HomePlan has revealed the weird and wacky things trades profes- sionals have been asked to fix while on a job. Over half of UK homeowners don’t expect to pay the usual hourly rate for the extra tasks carried out, preferring instead to pay in cups of tea, (10 per cent) or not paying all together (10 per cent). Britain’s skilled profes- sionals are proving them- selves a bit too handy with the amount of unpaid work they are agreeing to do – it’s estimated that they are miss- ing out on £2.7m in poten- tial earnings each year. When asked why they seek extra work from a trades professional on top of what has been agreed, 62 per cent cited the conveni- ence of having a profession- al in the home. A further 40 per cent of those surveyed revealed it was because the professionals are experts and 23 per cent admit they’re rubbish at any kind of DIY themselves. Men are more likely to ask for an extra freebie than women (52 vs 47 per cent), however it is women who are most likely to expect the work done for free, with half expecting it to be carried out for less than the usual fee. Younger householders are more likely (73 per cent) to want the work done for a discounted rate, compared to 52 per cent of those aged 55 and above who would happily offer the agreed hourly charge. From mending a broken plug socket (28 per cent) to putting up shelves (21 per cent) and changing light- bulbs (9 per cent), all the way to wacky requests like making tea for all house guests (8 per cent), keep- ing an eye on the dog (6 per cent) and even putting the bins out (5 per cent), it seems there is nothing that we expect a trades profes- sional to say no to. NEW LOW PRICE However, this does not ap- ply to any other regular pro- fessional visitors to our home. When asked if they would make similar requests to delivery people (3 per cent), meter readers (3 per cent) or window cleaners (9 per cent), the numbers who said they would ask for extra work on top falls dramatically. ORDER TO DELIVERY FROM A FAST 10 Working Days Lead Time * NOW FROM ONLY £345 * per leaf £ GET A PRICE COMPARISON TODAY Be choose Made for Trade Aluminium Bi-Fold Doors * Per leaf price is unglazed and may vary depending on size and specification of the door. Lead time is based on a standard colour. PRO-INSTALLER_front_page_Bifolds_JULY 2018.indd 1 Including delivery Email: Call: 01642 610799 Fax: 01642 671026 14/06/2018 10:31