Hi, I have been walling now for 5 years as my main source of income.
Price is always an issue. I remember a young woman being interviewed on the BBC's working lunch programme about 6 years ago, she claimed that she was getting your decorators type of money and I thought that would be a going rate.
Pricing is difficult as the stone can make a huge difference to how quickly the wall goes up. It is not easy when 'other wallers' or rather chaps that do a bit will charge next to nothing for a job, just for a bit of 'beer money' it is very frustrating when the guys that advertise in my local parish are advertising as able to do grass cutting and dry stone walling, one guy has two adverts, one as a plumber and one as a waller, what is he an expert at?
I am very lucky to have built up some good reputation and have a handful of customers that will pay me a little extra to take my time and do the job right. I have seen some cheap jobs and repaired a few soon after costing the customer more than it would have done to get the job done right in the first place, it give the skill a bad name, certainly when the customer thinks they want the wall rebuilt this time properly, you know with cement in the middle so it wont fall down again.
I am lucky that my father and his brother were wallers all their life, I get a bit more work from their reputation for doing a good job and don't let them down.
I was at a site the other day and the chippy called be a failed bricklayer, luckily my customer put him right, but we can be viewed pretty low on the skill level, again, this is just because of bad work being done and it is up to us and organisations like the DSWA to keep up the good work.
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