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 get blinded by an attractive offer, and do your homework instead so you can make a smart choice.
The following will lead you in the right direction:
The best way to find a good plumber is get a personal recommendation from someone you trust. This could be a friend, relative, neighbor, coworker, etc. – anyone who has hired and was satisfied by a plumber they’ve hired before. You can also ask for contacts from another tradesman you might have hired before, like an HVAC technician or a builder. Don’t forget to tell the plumber how you knew about them, and you may just 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. Usually, these websites have databases where you can look for plumbers.
As usual, the Internet is always there to make our lives a whole lot easier. Small businesses and individual contractors usually don’t have the budget for large-scale advertising, and will probably rely on review websites to promote their services. These websites can be a lot of help, but they are not without flaws. Some plumbers make fake profiles to write positive reviews about themselves and negative reviews about their competitors. Also take note that online reviews may be extreme, but everything should even out in the overall score. Still, it’s safe to take every review with a grain of salt.
Nowadays, many consumers are using social media to express their pleasure or displeasure at companies they have hired. 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 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 way, you can compare 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.
Asking for References
Finally, do not hesitate to ask your prospective plumbers for references. And if you do get some, be sure to check them out. Unless your prospect was referred by someone you know, this is the best way to see what’s in store for you if you hire this guy.
All in all, never rush into deciding to hire a certain plumber. First clear out the facts before you make a choice.
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