We want your home or business to be taken care of by the best experts. That’s why we have compiled a list of questions that you can ask yourself before hiring an expert plumber in your area.
1. What will be the total cost of your plumbing project?
Home and business owners should take caution about quotes and estimates received over the phone. The best plumbers will want to see and assess your specific issues before giving you the final estimate. Also, good plumbers include the expenses of any new parts or products needed for the repair in the invoice. You can easily get this info by talking to the plumber you’re considering for the job and asking them if they include both parts and labor in their estimate.
2. Who will be doing the actual work?
If the plumber you are considering uses multiple employees or subcontractors, ask about their specific qualifications. If it’s a difficult or delicate job, you may want to ask them for the most experienced person they have available.
3. Are they licensed?
If your state has licensing requirements for plumbers, be sure the one you are considering has received their certification. You can ask them to provide a simple photocopy of the certification or the license to get this.
4. Do they have insurance?
“Yes” should always be the correct answer to this question, and they should also be willing to provide you proof of an insurance policy as well as its conditions of it. Every plumber likely has a document they can send over to you and will have you sign off on it before the project begins.
5. Do they charge by the hour or a flat fee?
Some plumbing jobs take longer than expected, and additional parts may need to be purchased after the plumber has arrived. Doing this takes time and can eat into an hourly rate that you have agreed upon. Make sure you know exactly what you’re getting into when you agree upon the final dollar amount of the total project.
Hire your plumber
Now that you know exactly what you’re getting yourself into, it’s time to pull the trigger and start shopping around for a plumber in your area. Make sure to take these questions into account and keep yourself and your home safe.