hmpmarketing, on 29 April 2016 - 08:36 PM, said:
Not sure what Spon is
The current edition is much better than the 2014 edition because it separates out labour costs. In addition you get a link to an online version of the book where you can easily search for all instances of (say) hardcore. That enables you to look at prices in a variety of contexts.
The massive advantage is the ability to share the pricing information with your supplier / builder, secure in the knowledge that both parties are dealing openly and fairly. At the very least it gives a firm basis on which to start discussions.
For me, computer-phile that I am, there's nothing quite like a real book to browse and poke around in. Being able to search online as well as read the book is unbeatable.
The book gives a series of local adjustment factors, Outer London being classified as a factor of 1. Lancashire has a multiplier of 0.96 (I think). I have a feeling your area is about 1.1 ish. In addition, the book does point out that there are highly local variations - I should imagine that Sandbanks is one such area.
£150. It's saved me 10 times that in six months. And one or two trades-people haven't tried it on again once they were aware that we use SPONS as the basis for all price discussions.
For someone as green as I am to building, the book's priceless.