Are you working on a new construction site, or perhaps you are busy with a remodeling project that has just started? Either way, you are going to need the services of a professional plumber among other things to complete this project successfully.
The real problem here is finding a professional plumbing service provider which is getting harder and harder to come by. Fear not because by the time you are done reading this guide, you will know exactly how and where you can find a plumber for your project.
But no, we will not tell you to watch the next Transformers movie since you are probably already getting ready to see that! It is going to be huge and no, Bumblebee is not a plumber!
Whenever you are looking to hire a new plumbing service provider for a new project of yours, you must ask for job estimation. What this means is that you must not pay anything upfront, not even a penny, and ask the service provider to offer an estimate of the project cost.
Do this for every service provider that you meet. This way, you will be able to compare the actual cost of the service and make a better and informed decision.
When asking for a quote, make sure you explain them the details of the project so that there is no confusion. The plumbing service provider must be clear in his head about what needs to be done so that he can quote appropriately.
Choosing a service provider
After receiving a quote from different service providers, you have to determine how serious is the problem, and how quickly do you want it to be resolved. If it is something that you need to be done or taken care of as soon as possible, you are essentially looking for a plumbing service provider with a team. Having a team will allow him to resolve the issue and complete the project sooner. You need to know your deadline.
When you ask a plumbing service provider on what the project is going to cost, there are certain points that he/she will consider before replying. The deadline, work involved, service charge, and experience he has gained over the years, and estimated hours to complete the job.
You need to find a balance here. The cost should be low enough to support your project while the quality should be good enough that you are not left wanting for more. Do not compromise on quality to save a few bucks (you may have seen why that is unwise if you ever watched the show Home Improvement!); otherwise you might end up paying even more to get repair work done later.
Reputation, references, and testimonials
Before you even consider hiring a plumbing service provider, you need to consider his reputation in the market. Ask for references and cross check to make sure that the reviews are positive and that previous customers are satisfied.
Do a search on the Internet to find reviews on online directories and review sites. See whether the company is certified by proper national accreditation bodies or not. Make sure you verify everything before moving forward with the paperwork and project. You do not want to end up in a situation where you have to rethink your decision, and look for a new service provider. Make sure that you get it right the first time.
Search and actively look for testimonials. Offering opportunities to new and untrained or inexperienced plumbers can spell doom for you and your project. Not only it can result in unnecessary delays in your project, but you might end up paying more than necessary for it.
You may not want to take too long though in doing this. It just depends on your time frame. If you are busy, you are probably not going to want to spend too much time on this. But you may if this a big job. Though if water is leaking, you need to get on this quick!
Moreover, read reviews on the company’s official website as well as neutral third party sites. If necessary, you can contact the person who has written the review. The idea is to make sure that you know you are getting what you are paying for, and that you are choosing the best company for your project.
Before signing the agreement for the project, make sure you understand the agreement and what’s written therein. Some points to consider are – who will get the parts, estimated time for completion of the project, quality assurance, how many men will work on the project, working hours so you know when to be present at the site to oversee work, and refund policy if any.
This should get you started on your plumbing project.