did you ask for a price before the work was carried out?
Have you asked for a breakdown of how they came to this sum?
On what do you base your estimate of £1800?
What about installation costs?
So you didn't know what yr wife had agreed until this bill came through?
So your wife agreed to this work at that price totally without your knowledge?
The first you knew was when you arrive d home to find a new boiler?
It is relevant.
Thank you. Andthat is something that a judge would take into consideration,(if it gets that far) that she didthis without your knowledge.
The situation, inabsence of an agreement to the contrary, is that under the Supply of Goods andServices Act, a job must be carried out with reasonable care and skill, at areasonable price and within a reasonable period of time.
What does notassist you is the fact that your wife agreed this price and now you (not yourwife) have what is known as "buyer's remorse" where you now find that she haspaid more for the job then you would have paid.
By all meansquery it and insist on a total breakdown. I also suggest that you get a quote fora boiler installation from another firm and if you then want to argue over thetotal bill, pay what you agree and let them argue over the balance.
I will tell youthat I had a boiler installed about three years ago and it was over £3000although a lot depends on the pipework involved and the type of boiler.
I will tell youthat if I were being asked the same question by the boiler company whereby yourwife had agreed to pay an amount of money for an installation and it was nowbeing queried by her husband, I would provide a complete breakdown and of themoney was not forthcoming, I would be advising them to go straight off to court.
I am assumingthat this is their legitimate price and they have not been trying to takeadvantage because if that is the case, or if your wife is vulnerable for anyreason, I would refer the company to trading standards.
I appreciate thatthis is probably not the answer you wanted to hear but there is no point in memisleading.
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