Finding a Good Plumber
Whether it’s a big project or a small one, taking time to find a good plumber is important. So instead of jumping at the first attractive offer that comes along, do your research and make a wise choice.
The following tips should lead you to the right path:
A personal referral from a person you trust is your best route to a good plumber. This may be a relative, a friend, a colleague – anyone who has hired a plumber and was happy with the results. You can also ask for contacts from another tradesman you might have hired before, like an HVAC technician or a builder. Make sure you inform the plumber who gave referred them – you could even get a discount!
Trade Organizations or Tradesmen Schemes
A safe place to ask for referrals would be trade organizations in the plumbing industry. Tradesmen schemes, which you can research online, are bodies that are either run by government-accredited operators or by the private sector. These websites often come with searchable databases of plumbers.
As always, the web is there to make our lives so much simpler. Individual contractors and small businesses normally have no funds to spend for expensive traditional advertising, and will instead rely on review websites to promote themselves. While these websites can be highly useful, they are not foolproof. Some plumbers make fake profiles to write positive reviews about themselves and negative reviews about their competitors. Also remember that online reviews can be extreme, but things should average out in the overall rating. Still, it’s safe to take every review with a grain of salt.
These days, it is common for consumers to use the social medial to communicate with companies they’ve worked with, either to compliment them for a good job or to vent their dissatisfaction. If you’re planning to hire a specific plumber or plumbing company, go to their Twitter or Facebook page and know what people are saying. Also observe the way they handle comments, how they respond to issues, etc.
Getting Price Estimates
It’s always best to have at least three different quotes from three different plumbers. This will allow you to make those very important comparisons among their prices and services. You can just make a call and ask for the quotes, and while they won’t be able to give an accurate estimate without visiting your home, you will be able to get an idea how they compare in terms of affordability.
Finally, never shy away from asking for references from your prospective plumbers. And when you do get some, make sure you actually check them out. Unless you met the guy through a personal referral, this is the best way to know what kind of job he does.
All in all, deciding which plumber to hire should never be done in haste. Before making a choice, make sure you’re clear on the facts.