Most of us call a plumber at first sight of any issue in how kitchen or bathroom. But, you can’t just call anyone to fix all your plumbing issues; you have to find someone that is qualified enough and has enough experience to resolve any issues you come across. Most of us either contact our parents when we notice a leak in our home because we still feel dependent on them, but you need to learn how to search and call up your own plumber because this is adulting 101. So, without further ado, let’s get in the list of things you should know and how to choose the perfect plumber for a job.
1. Don’t hire a plumber based on their cost
More expensive doesn’t always mean better service and if you hire a cheap plumber, you’ll get cheap results. There is a fine line when choosing a plumber, and the cost is one of these factors, so you need to ask yourself if you want a cheap and quick repair that will need to be replaced in a couple of months or you want an excellent job but where the price point is a bit steeper. This all depends on you. But, know that you pay for what you get with plumbing, so if you are paying a cheap plumber, you are more likely to get cheap parts and subpar services.
2. An estimate is not the actual price
Estimates are what their names suggest and are never the actual indication of the price of the repair. They are what the plumber usually charges for this type of repair. Also, never just ask for an estimate over the phone, as this will most likely cost more than the original estimation as the plumber has no real visual cues of the situation they need to handle. Sometimes the estimated price only includes the basic materials for the repair, and the actual price of the repair can rack up when put alongside each other. These are all the things you need to ask your plumber because, in the end, you are the one that has to pay for all of this. Having said this, never pay 100% upfront; always pay them the full price after they are done with their job because you can take up the pricing with them again if they did a bad job.
3. Fraud and unlicensed plumbers
Many plumbers out there work without a license, which could mean that they are leading a shady business and can change their price point depending on where you live and by basing his price on the things you learn, i.e., your house and car. I am not here to tell you that all unlicensed plumbers are bad at their job because some of them can’t legally get a license because of language barriers or passports and citizenship issues; being license isn’t proof of your competence, but it is at least a sign that you know what you are doing. Also, if anything happens to the unlicensed plumber while working at your place, you are opening the door to litigation and laws suit my friends. So, always choose a licensed plumber, or if they are unlicensed, be sure to know them before you trust them with fixing your home.
4. Do your own search
Do your research, due diligence and read reviews before hiring a plumber because you are allowing a total stranger into your home, which is usually your safe haven. So, you can’t let everyone in, be as thorough as you want with your research and contact only the best person who will be able to fix your issues. You can also ask the plumber for reference prior to them doing the job because you have to be careful of who you are hiring. After all, if they do a terrible job, you’ll have to spend more money to fix that plumber’s botched job.
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