A Guide to Finding and Hiring the Right Plumbing Contractor
Plumbing contractors are always in demand, and as long as you own a home chances are high, you will need their services someday. The job description of a plumber is to install and maintain systems used for water, sewage, and drainage in a building’s plumbing system. As is with most other skilled trades, plumbing contractors will have various levels of training and expertise. Could you be knowing what it takes to find and hire the best plumbing contractor that is readily available and reliable when called upon?
Always get contact details of at least three top-rated plumbing contractors that should form part of your shortlist of potential candidates. Do not waste time doing your due diligence on a plumber with no license. Licensing by a recognized government body is a requirement in most so ensure your service provider has proof of their license. This first step should help you shortlist the top three candidates worth your time for a one-on-one interview.
The responsibility is on you to verify not just the license but also to confirm they are bonded and insured. Insurance is your best protection against possible accidents and damages to property while they are doing their job.
For starters, always ensure you get estimates from the different contractors. Even better is to insist on getting written estimates to act as proof and cushion you should anything go wrong. Do not forget to ask about references and you can bet any reliable plumbing company should be more than willing to give out names of recent clients.
How about you have the plumbing contractor document all the information about the project’s payment scheduled? It isn’t uncommon for players in this industry to ask for an upfront payment especially if the project is big. This may be it particularly if the contractor would need to buy expensive plumbing materials and supplies for your project. Again, the best way to prepare yourself for this is to discuss with the service provider and have them put it down in writing.
Last but not least, ensure you know where the company is located and how you can contact them. Beware of plumbers that have post office box numbers but missing a street address. Also watch out for the plumbers whose calls are directed to an answering service. The need to work with a plumbing contractor with a verifiable physical address and a working telephone number can never be overemphasized enough.