How to Choose a Plumber
If you’re searching for a plumber, you may be tempted to go with anybody you come across.But if you were to be wiese about it, you’ll take a few crucial issues into account.
A plumber without a license in your area isn’t qualified to accept plumbing jobs, period.If they are licensed, they are also trained and experienced. Licensed plumbers are insured as well; without liability coverage, they couldn’t get a license. If your plumber has no insurance, you are automatically responsible for any injury or property damage (hospital bills or repair costs) related to their work in your home.
Find out your plumber’s policy in cases where they could not finish the repair, and when more repairs and services should be done because of unseen circumstances.Choose a plumber that will ask for your consent before doing anything that adds to your expenses. In addition, if someone’s quote is by a mile cheaper than all the others’, be careful.This can indicate unqualified workers and/or substandard parts.Always remember that quality demands a price.
There are may places where you can read plumber reviews, such as Angie’s List, Better Business Bureau and Yelp. You will find some extreme reviews here and there, but you just want to get a general feel for what certain plumbers can offer you.Do avoid marketing websites though because they usually feature manufactured and misleading reviews. Also see if the plumber has any professional affiliations or awards; memberships and awards can serve as positive reviews by themselves.
Ask people around you about plumbers they may have worked with. Real estate agents, property managers and other professionals who typically work with plumbers are also a good source of referrals. They may refer you to somebody with an impressive track record for doing high quality work, and they can also save you from hiring an untrustworthy plumber.
Look for a plumber who is a true professional. For example, professional plumbers are a breeze to get in touch with, especially when it’s business hours. They also respect their clients’ time. They will also clean up after a day’s work. Look out for any hints of unprofessionalism as you start speaking with plumbers you’re considering.Better to spot them now than to be surprised by them.
Finally, consider the chemistry you have with a plumber before actually hiring them.You don’t want to deal with someone you’re not comfortable with, much less have them in your home.