How to Find a Reliable Plumber
Whether it’s a big project or a small one, taking time to find a good plumber is important. So instead of jumping at the first attractive offer that comes along, do your research and make a wise choice.
The following tips should lead you to the right path:
The best way to find a good plumber is get a personal recommendation from someone you trust. Maybe this would be a relative or a friend, a neighbor or a colleague – anyone who has hired a plumber before and was happy with the outcome. Or if you know another tradesman, like a roofer or an electrician, you can also ask them for contacts. Be sure to tell the plumber who recommended them – they might just give you 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 always, we can rely on the Internet to makes our lives as easy as can be. 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 very helpful, but they’re not foolproof. 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. In any case, always take each review with a pinch 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 pay attention to how they handle or respond to comments.
Getting Price Estimates
It’s always wise to get at least three different estimates from three different companies. 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.
Finally, never shy away from asking for references from your prospective plumbers. 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, deciding which plumber to hire should never be done in haste. First clear out the facts before you make a choice.