Cost Guide And Materials
Completing a renovation project can be a fun and exciting adventure. However, in the case of projects that require plumbing work, finding the right professional to do the job at a reasonable cost can seem like a cumbersome, tedious process. Fortunately, there are a few guidelines homeowners can follow to help them choose a qualified plumber and get the best value.
Select Your Plumbing Project
Determine What Needs to Be Done
Having a general idea of the plumbing work that will be needed is the first step to choosing an appropriate plumber. While it is not necessary to know very detailed, technical information about the project, clients should outline their objectives prior to beginning the process of contacting plumbers. This will better enable the customer to receive a more accurate understanding of the estimated cost and length of time that will be required to complete the project. Becoming familiar with the necessary services will also equip the customer to detect whether potential contractors are quoting a price that is too high or recommending additional work that is not necessary.
Make a List of Questions to Ask
After determining project goals and objectives, homeowners should make a detailed list of questions to ask prospective plumbers. The list should include questions regarding price, insurance, bonding, availability of worker's compensation for contractors and whether the company is willing to obtain a permit if required. If the customer has specific concerns regarding time constraints or the nature of the project, these questions should be added to the list. Customers should also inquire about promotions and applicable discounts at this time.
Beginning the Search
While it may be tempting to simply browse a phone or online directory, searching for highly recommended plumbing companies is likely to yield better results. Homeowners may start by asking neighbors, family and friends who have had plumbing work completed in the past. These people may recommend the plumber that completed their work in addition to offering insight into other service providers they may have bypassed for negative reasons during their search. Another option is conducting online research. Often, popular service providers have received multiple online reviews from previous customers. As a bonus, many service providers advertise new customer discounts and other incentives on review-based websites.
Check Licensing Information
Verifying a plumbing technician's license should be treated as a starting point for determining whether a particular plumber is the right technician to do the job. Homeowners may wish to also check local consumer affairs agency websites to determine whether the service providers they are considering have received positive feedback or even whether complaints have been filed against them. From here, the list of potential plumbers can be further narrowed by making phone calls to ask the previously outlined questions before deciding whether to schedule an in-person consultation and estimate to determine the overall cost of the project.
Last updated on Nov 15, 2013