There comes a time in the life of every homeowner when they need the services of a good plumber. The key is to find the best plumber for your needs. Luckily, this is not as difficult as it sounds. Your new plumber is just a few easy steps away.
You will want to get at least three quotes. Be wary of the company that offers a very low estimate. They may not use quality materials, or they may be only including some work in their estimate. Be sure to ask what is included in the quote, too. Some companies will include work that others do not. Remember that reputable plumbers will be able to give you a quote and a rough estimate of the time needed for your repair. If they cannot because your particular issue is very complex, then you can always ask for a worst-case price.
This almost goes without saying but be sure to only use the services of a licensed plumber. Without a license, your insurance company may not cover any repairs if the work is sub-par and causes water damage. You’ll not be able to verify the plumber’s training, skills, and credentials either. And lastly, would you want the services of someone who cannot be bothered to maintain basic proper business standards?
When you call the company, take note of who answers the phone. If it is a larger company, they should have someone to answer the phones at all times during business hours. A smaller one or two-man operation might need the services of an answering machine. Even then, they should still return your call within a reasonable time frame. You want to work with a company that you know you will be able to reach someone easily without any extended games of phone tag.
And finally, see what other customers have to say. Don’t just go by word of mouth. These days, there are many online rating websites that have a testimonial from other customers. Chances are if they have many good reviews then you will have just as good of an experience.