You might be able to paint your house. You might not like it but you can do some landscaping work too. While there are many home improvement projects you might be willing to DIY in your home, plumbing isn’t one of them.
Do you have a toilet that will not stop running? How about that annoying faucet that no matter what you try will not stop leaking? Maybe you are in the midst of some remodeling and need a plumber for some installation work.
Of course, your goal is to hire someone who is reputable and qualified for the work. You want someone who isn’t going to rip you off or lead your project astray.
Wondering how to find a plumber who will do the job fast, well and for a fair price? Read on to learn how to find a reputable plumber for your job.
1. Check Online and Local Resources
It’s risky to rely on a Google search for a local plumber. You can’t be sure what you will get from grabbing the first or second name that pops up.
If you want a quality residential plumber go beyond a Google search. Use online sources like Angie’s List, Home Advisor our Houzz. These sites crowdsource reviews and gather feedback from members on services.
You might also ask at your local hardware store or home improvement store. They work with the professionals day in and day out and get a sense of how they work.
2. Family and Friend References
Finding a good professional is not easy, so when you do you want to share. Likewise, if your family or friends have had a negative experience they want to share that too.
Ask friends, neighbors, and family who have worked well for them. Be sure to ask what kind of work they have done, was it quality work and did they show up when they said they would.
Don’t be afraid to ask a plumber for references beyond the people you know. A reputable plumber should be able to provide references on request.
3. Check Certifications
Plumbers should be licensed, certified, and insured. Ask about this when you contact the plumber. Be ready to move on if they don’t have the proper certifications or are not insured.
4. Ask Them Some Questions
Don’t assume that because they have the tools, they can or will do the job. Interview them like you would when you hire anyone.
You have already asked if they are licensed and insured. You probably have already asked if they can provide references.
Here are some questions to ask:
- How long have you been in the business?
- Will you be the one doing the work or one of your employees?
- Do you do set appointments?
There is nothing more frustrating than expecting them to show up, then they don’t. Try to get a sense of how they handle work appointments or scheduling your work.
5. Estimates and Plans
Assuming your work is not of an emergency nature, you probably have talked with several plumbers. Compare their estimates and plumbing plans.
Consider whether you need to get materials and permits or they will get them for you.
How to Find a Plumber When You Need One
Use these tips for how to find a plumber that will get your job done. You want to hire someone who is professional, qualified and prompt.
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