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    advice on hiring contractors living out of London and paying for travel


    I am aware that contractors charge more in London. As someone based in the capital, couldn't I hire someone from outside of London, pay their travel costs and save money overall? Or are contractors required to work within their own region?

    Asked by Karen on 18th Aug 2020
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    Paul Rup-Rai

    "Yes you can , what do you want done. As a builder and electrician I can do.
    No restriction on anyone as long as you observe the Covid rules!

    Paul Rup- Rai"

    Answered on 18th Aug 2020 - Member since Feb 2020 - report
    Au Faix

    "It will be just as cheap to hire local tradesmen. If you're hiring people who are travelling then they will charge for travel or diggs"

    Answered on 6th May 2021 - Member since Apr 2021 - report
    Javed mir

    "There is no restriction on where contractors work but most will not want to travel for anymore than an hour to a job site. At the most.
    You could pay for people’s travel time but I don’t think that this will actually save you any money, as rates between nearby areas do not vary that much.
    Your best bet is to try and get a well established local tradesperson"

    Answered on 11th Nov 2020 - Member since Oct 2020 - report
    T@P decorating

    "By the time you pay hotel costs/travel time it would work out about the same"

    Answered on 20th Apr 2021 - Member since Mar 2021 - report
    Isomer Property Services

    "There are no legal reasons that a contractor must live in London to work in London.

    How ever travel time / fuel cost can average will add to the contractor cost to work in London"

    Answered on 18th Aug 2020 - Member since Feb 2020 - report
    Griffin Property Services

    "Most or all on this site will be self employed so can work anywhere in the country.
    If you find somebody out of London it would be cheaper yes.
    You could ask a tradesman if he could stay at yours, this is something i have done in the past.
    You could employ somebody from say Reading, you would need to cover fuel and travelling times.
    There are tradesmen/women that are prepared to travel, make sure to post this in your advert.
    Neil Griffin
    Griffin Property Services"

    Answered on 18th Aug 2020 - Member since Jan 2018 - report
    J.Anderson Home Improvements

    "Hi Karen
    You can use anyone with the right skills, from anywhere.
    They should factor in travelling time and fuel in the price of the work quoted!"

    Answered on 18th Aug 2020 - Member since Feb 2020 - report

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