Finding a Good Plumber
Whether your plumbing project is big or small, you should take time to look for the right plumber. So don’t fall for some random offer and do your research instead.
Below are very helpful tips:
A personal recommendation from someone you trust is your best bet in finding 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
Trade organizations in the plumbing industry are also a great place to ask for contacts. Online, you will find websites of tradesmen schemes, which may be run by government-approved operators or a private group. These websites often come with searchable databases of plumbers.
As usual, the Internet is always there to make our lives a whole lot easier. 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. These websites can be a lot of help, but they are not without flaws. Some plumbers can create bogus profiles and write positive reviews about themselves. 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.
Requesting for Quotes
It’s always best to have at least three different quotes from three different plumbers. This lets you compare their prices as well as their services. You can simply call them on the phone, and while you can’t expect a highly accurate quote, you can at least have a picture of how they compare when it comes to affordability.
Asking for References
Lastly, do not shy away from asking your prospective plumbers to give you references. And when you do get some, make sure you actually check them out. This is the best way to know what you can expect from this guy, unless he was personally referred to you by someone you trust.
All in all, never rush into deciding to hire a certain plumber. Always be clear about the facts before making a choice.
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