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Roofers and quotes

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    I need to get a small repair done on a roof. I got three quotes from companies I found on the Guild of Master craftsmen register. The work will take one person one day and the materials are relatively cheap so I was not surprised that the quotes were all around the same figure and appropriate for the work and materials involved. I accepted the lowest of the quotes - it was from the only roofer who came equipped with a ladder long enough to get up on the roof. I had more confidence in him than the roofer who brought a small stepladder and could only get the top of his head level with the gutter and definitely more confidence than the one who turned up without a ladder at all.

    When I phoned to accept, he said he needed to come out again to remeasure and requote.
    My first query: is this a common trick to quote low and when accepted, and after I've told the other two that I won't be using them, to come back with a higher quote?
    Second query: Having accepted his first quote, can I tell him that I've changed my mind because he's put the price up, or will there be legal problems - breach of contract or something like that.