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How to End Up with a Good Plumber

If you have a plumbing situation, you obviously need a professional plumber to provide the best resolution. The question is, while there are many plumbers out there, how do you choose a real, reliable expert?

Here are vital considerations to be made before you pick a plumber:

License

This is the biggest factor involved. Ask your potential plumber if he is licensed, and he says yes, ask for proof. What have you to lose if you hire a plumber without a license? The job may fail inspection, and you may have to hire someone again to redo the job.

Insurance and Bond

A small project should be okay with a plumber who is not insured or bonded, but not a big project. Both will protect you financially in case there are accidental injuries or property damages related to the project.

Quote

If someone would like to give you a quote on the phone, be wary. Professional plumbers will always take a look at the problem first before starting to work. Upon studying the quote, know if it already covers labor and materials, as well as a contingency. Some estimates look great at first until the costs start piling up as the project goes on.

Hourly Rate or Flat Rate

When asking for an estimate, ask whether you’ll be quoted a flat rate or an hourly rate plus materials. One disadvantage of the second option is that you can still end up paying more if the job runs long, even if the prices of the materials are unchanged. In any case, sign the contract only if you’re sure you’ve understood everything in it.

Payment Schedule

Besides how much you need to pay, you should also know when you have to pay. With some plumbers, you have to pay a certain percentage of the total cost with each “milestone,” or a portion of the work that is completed. Others charge by period of time – for instance, weekly, biweekly, etc. What you should avoid completely is a plumber who asks for a hundred percent payment at the start of the project.

Cleanup

This may sound like it has an obvious answer, but believe it or not, some plumbers will just leave their mess and let you clean it up yourself. Remember to ask whether cleanup is part of the quote, and if it’s not, you have to know why.

Guarantee or Warranty

Finally, some plumbers will promise to return after year and fix whatever problems show up, while others will only come back under certain conditions, such as leaks. The most important thing is that they give you a guarantee or warranty, and it should be in writing no less. If they can’t stand by their own work, why should you trust it?

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