Before Hiring A Plumber, Ask These Questions

Before Hiring A Plumber, Ask These Questions

Unfortunately, plumbing systems are like anything else in this world, and eventually, a part or piece will break. Many homeowners can handle some minor repairs on their own. However, when it comes to remodeling or substantially sized projects such as re-pipes, most persons have to hire a contractor. Opening the phone book and just picking a company at random can turn into a nightmare in the blink of any eye. So, do your homework, and be sure to ask the plumber questions to avoid headaches in the long run.

Two Essential Topics To Discuss

1. Ask The Plumber If He Or She Will Be Completing The Work Themselves

Plumbing companies, especially large ones, usually have numerous laborers working for them. You do not want the experienced salesperson/plumber coming in just to seal the deal only to have inexperienced employees handling your job. The green workers could make mistakes that leave you wanting to pull your hair out. Hence, you should always be sure to cross your T’s and dot your I’s by asking if the actual plumber who sold the job will be doing the work.

2. Don't Hesitate To Ask If The Plumber Is Licensed, Bonded, And Insured

Plumbers work long and hard to obtain their licenses. As such, they should not have a problem showing off the credentials. If he or she does have an issue in doing so, they probably do not have a license, which means they might not have a clue about plumbing systems. Homeowners will also want to be sure that the plumbing company is bonded and insured. After all, if something happens to come up missing or broken, you will want to ensure that the organization has the coverage to fix or replace the item.

Gain Peace Of Mind By Asking About These Subjects

3. Is The Estimate For The Total Cost Of The Project?

Many plumbing companies offer free or low-cost estimates. Still, though, a person is under no obligation to use an organization's services. However, when considering a plumber's evaluation, the homeowner will want to ask whether the price is a flat rate or time plus materials. The problem with the latter option is that if the project runs longer than expected, the price may skyrocket as you will have to pay additional labor costs.

4. When Is The Payment Due?

It is not uncommon for plumbers to ask for a portion of the payment upfront to cover materials. When an individual asks for the total amount before starting the job, this should throw up a red flag. The person could sneak off with thousands of dollars in his or her pocket never to return again. So, be wary of scams and ask the right questions to assure that you don't get taken advantage of by a plumber.

Lastly, But Certainly Not Least

5. Ask If Cleanup Is Included In The Quote

The last thing a homeowner wants is to be left with a giant mess when the job is finished. They don't wish to have boxes laying around, drywall dust covering everything, or torn up flowerbeds and grass. Therefore, persons should always ask the potential plumber if cleanup is included in the price or not. 

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