Finding a Good Plumber
Whether it’s a big project or a small one, taking time to find a good plumber is important. So don’t fall for some random offer and do your research instead.
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. Other tradesmen you may have worked with, such as a builder or an electrician, may also give you contacts. Don’t forget to tell the plumber how you knew about them, and you may just get a discount.
Trade Organizations or Tradesmen Schemes
You can also ask for contacts from 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 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 considering a particular plumber or plumbing company, check out their Twitter or Facebook and check out what people are saying about them. Also pay attention to how they handle or respond to comments.
Requesting for Quotes
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 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
Finally, do not hesitate to ask your prospective plumbers for references. 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, never rush into deciding to hire a certain plumber. First clear out the facts before you make a choice.