Hiring a plumber is not as difficult as climbing Mount Everest. However, if not done properly it is as tragic as falling from Mount Everest. Just kidding! Once you have decided to hire a plumber for your building you have to consider these seven steps.
First step is to approach your family, friends, office colleagues for recommendations of professional plumbers they have hired. There are two types of plumbers. The first category specializes in repairs. The second category specializes in remodeling and the construction field. Make sure the plumber they have referred is specialized in the construction field.
Second step is to shortlist two to three plumbers whom you feel would be the most efficient in doing the job right the first time. Now you have to compare their experience, references, and reliability.Those who are well established in the field are often more competent than some fly by night contractors. Compare their proven performance so that you will have an idea of their work experience. If needed you can contact the reference names given to you either by phone or in person.
Third step is to discuss your project with the prospective plumbers and ask for their quotation. You can ask them to visit the site. Ask for a quote in detail for the total cost including material and labor charges. Consider the time estimated for the project completion by each plumbers. If the time estimated in months or days by one plumber is less and the cost is high you may have to choose the one with the less expensive quote . Match the quote against your cash budget. This will come down to a judgment call on your part. Sometimes you might decide to go with a more experienced plumber and pay a little more, or vice versa.
Fourth step is to compare the qualifications of the plumbers. A professional plumber will have proper liability insurance and workman’s compensation. Make sure the prospective plumber has a proper insurance policy. Another important thing to look for is the certification or the license of the plumber. You can also check if there is any complaints against the plumber with the Better Business Bureau. Look for the work permit of the plumber. A professional plumber will make these documents available for your inspection if you request them to.
Fifth step is to check the service guarantee by the professional plumber. You have to ask the plumber for a guarantee in fulfilling the project, if any eventuality arises in the course of work. If there is no guarantee, your money, time and effort will be at risk.
Sixth step is to ask about safety measures. Assuming that you have already established that the plumber has insurance, you may ask about any further safety measures they may want to use while working in your home or business.
Seventh step is to summarize all of this information for a clean, clear picture. By touching on all of the valuable points discussed above you have hopefully reached the point where you are ready to select your professional plumber. Keep in mind all these seven steps to hire a plumber so that you are making the right decision quickly and with confidence.