When it comes to plumbing, there are a lot of working parts and planning that needs to go well for the project to be a success.
A good plumber can save you a lot of stress and money, while an underqualified plumber can be a headache.
So how do you find a quality local plumber to trust with your project needs? The answer is in how much homework you’re willing to do to make sure the job goes right.
Read on for our three tips for finding a great local plumber. Then put the steps into motion to give your project the best chance of turning out great.
Trust Word of Mouth
As with most home services contractors, word of mouth is the most trustworthy way to find a reputable plumber. Ask your neighbors, local family and friends who they have used in the past. Make sure your project is comparable to the ones they have contracted out to make sure the plumber in question has direct experience with what you’re seeking.
For example, a local handyman who specializes in fixing leaks may not be the best option for re-plumbing an entire bathroom as part of an extensive remodeling project.
Be sure to get details from those who are referring plumbers to you. Here are some questions to ask:
- Did the plumber routinely show up on time?
- Did the plumber respect your home and clean up any messes?
- Was the plumber’s proposed cost close to what they ended up charging?
- Would you recommend the plumber for my specific project?
- Did they offer a free quote?
- Were they responsive with any issues that came up after their work was done?
- Were they licensed in our area?
If you are confident in your friends’ and family members’ answers, then it’s time to dig a little deeper.
Check Online Reviews and Ratings
Check out the review and rating sites like Angie’s List or Yelp. These organizations are focused on helping consumers make wise choices with the contractors they are using in their homes. Pay attention to ratings and read as many customer comments or posts as possible.
If there are no red flags — such as customer stories ripping the plumber for leaving a job half done or overcharging for their services — then you can add that plumber to your list of contractors to call about getting a quote.
Make a Decision
Once you have a list of three to five reputable plumbing companies, it’s time to get the project started. Call each plumber and ask if they are available to give you a quote for your project. Some plumbers are now offering video consultations where you can show them digitally what problems you are experiencing, and they can come up with a quote over the internet for you. Other companies will send a technician out to check on your specific project. Make sure to ask if there is a charge for the estimate or if they offer free quotes. Once you have a plan put forward that meets your budget and timeline needs, sign the contract and let your plumber get to work.
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