How to Choose a Plumber Whether you have a small or big project, selecting the wrong plumber can bring disruption for you and your whole family, but also hit you hard in your wallet. So instead of just getting someone at random, allot time for research, ensuring the work will go as smoothly as possible. Below are six ways to help you look for a good plumber: Personal Referrals
Understanding Experts
The best way to find a plumber is through a referral from someone you know and trust. Call your friends and relatives, coworkers and neighbors – they’re usually happy to provide information. If you know some tradesmen, maybe a builder or an electrician, you should also ask them.
5 Uses For Businesses
Tradesman Groups See whether your prospective plumber is part of a group for tradesmen who have been screened thoroughly and have proven abilities. These groups are either run privately in compliance with Trading Standards, or operated by government-approved bodies. Their websites usually have searchable databases of plumbers, and you can simply type your postcode to see who are registered in your location. Online Reviews Small businesses and independent contractors generally don’t have enough budget for traditional advertising (billboard, newspaper classifieds, etc.), so they are more inclined to rely on independent websites featuring reviews of their customers. But take note that the system isn’t faultless, and some plumbers are in the habit of creating bogus profiles and posting positive reviews on themselves. Remember too that web reviews have a tendency to be extremes – most plumbers get either a full five stars or just one star. Everything should average out in overall score, but taking each individual review with a pinch of salt, is very wise. Social Media These days, companies usually see their old customers on social media, sharing their experiences with those they have worked with. Check your prospective plumber’s Facebook page and Twitter feed to know what’s going on between them and their customers. Phone Estimates Like other people, you probably consider your budget as the most important part of choosing a plumber. It’s good to get at least three quotes over the phone, and if a quote seems too high or low compared to the others, ask the plumber why. A plumber can’t give you the exact cost until they visit your home and personally take a look at the problem, but at this stage, the estimates will be good enough to give you an idea of the range of costs you’re dealing with. Finally, when you have three or more prospects and not just one, you will be able to compare all of them and see which one is the best choice for you. Besides, plumbers are not all created equal.