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This blog tells my experience with buying a house in Dublin, Ireland, and renovating it. 

I wanted to share everything I learned along the way, my misadventures and any tips and tricks!


Finding builders on Pickapro.ie

Finding builders on Pickapro.ie

We wanted to renovate the front porch of our terraced house, so that we may buy a new front door - I'm fairly sure the current door is the original one and it comes with all the problems linked to old age that you can imagine... not to mention that sporadically it decides to locks us out or in. 

Our intention was to build a small porch 2,30m x 1,5m, which would literally be 2 walls and a tiled roof - we were already leaning towards directly buying the door with FAIRCO, given the great job they did the last time

I also sneaked a picture of a neighbour's front porch as an example of the style I like (they saw me taking pictures of their house... it was awkward). 

So I decided to try www.pickapro.ie to find a builder for the job. My inquiry was for a ballpark quote and whether they would be available in August to complete the job. 


Pickapro.ie Builders

I initially sent an email through the Pickapro website to 6 builders, on Monday morning (07/10), receiving a confirmation that my form was sent.

After 2 and a half days of no reply from any of them, on Wednesday afternoon, I decided to call directly.
I also added 5 more builders (for a total of 11) to increase my odds of finding someone. 

In short, only 50% of them gave me a ballpark quote, while 36% didn't answer my call or called back, and 2 declined because it too far away (!) or it was too small of a job.

Ultimately the quotes range from 5,000€ to 10,000€ both including and excluding the cost of the front door, which they generally estimate to be around 1,000€.

My overall impression is that the website has the potential to be a fantastic hub to find a professional: in a country where finding a builder is akin to finding a good doctor in the middle ages, this site tries to provide users with a list of professionals, including an overview of their services and examples of their work. 

However, a website is as good as the content it presents - or in this case, as the builders listed: half of them gave me absurd prices and made no move to view my house to provide me with a more tailored quote, while the other half didn't even answer. 

I think I'll try my luck with one of the other find-builders sites: www.onlinetradesmen.ie and www.findabuilder.ie - I'll keep you posted on how that goes. I already tried www.tradesmen.ie and there's a post coming soon about that! 


Here's a summary with the builders I contacted:

Harvest Energy
Emailed through Pickapro on Monday 07/10 - no reply.
Called on Wednesday > ballpark quote: 7500€ door included - they promised to call me back on Thursday to schedule a meeting for Saturday. They ultimately called on Friday afternoon, but I missed the call. 

LMD Developments
Emailed through Pickapro on Monday 07/10 - no reply.
Called on Wednesday > they called back with a ballpark quote: 9000€ 

G And D Construction Projects Limited
Emailed through Pickapro on Monday 07/10 - no reply.
Called on Wednesday > ballpark quote: approx 5000€-6000€ - didn't specify if the door is included and asked me to send an email directly at g.d.projectslimited@gmail.com. I heard back a week after and they quoted €6500 VAT included - but no specification whether the door was included or not. 

Expand Building Services
Emailed through Pickapro on Monday 07/10 - no reply.
Called on Wednesday > didn't answer.

Shinte Home Improvements
Emailed through Pickapro on Monday 07/10 - no reply.
Called on Wednesday > They called me back to say that Finglas was too far away for them.

Brighter Homes
Emailed through Pickapro on Monday 07/10 - no reply.
Called on Wednesday > didn't answer.

Boyne Rock Ltd
Called on Wednesday > didn't answer.

BS Building Services 
Called on Wednesday > Promised to call back with quote and August availability. Never received a call. 

Gray Construction Ltd
Called on Wednesday > Promised to call back the next day, but called soon after to tell me that it was too much of a small job for them.

Castleknock S And R Construction
Called on Wednesday > Asked me to call different number (0872310788) and ultimately gave me ballpark quote of  7000€-9000€.
 
Clancon Build 
Called on Wednesday > They called back asking me to send them a text message and they replied with a ballpark quote of 10000€-10500€.

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