If your home is anything like mine, you have had to call a plumber at least once. Whether it was an emergency or not, you needn’t worry about getting ripped off like I did! And the best thing is that if you follow these simple tips, you’ll never have to worry about being taken advantage of again.
I know what you’re thinking; “plumbers are expensive!” Well, here’s how to avoid them altogether and save yourself some money. It all boils down to a few simple things.
If you’re looking for a plumber online, it’s likely that you have plumbing issues, such as leaky pipes, clogged drains, and other issues.
Fortunately, there are a number of tips and suggestions that could help you focus your search.
- Do Your Homework First
Before you ever give out your contact information, do a little bit of research on the company first. This will help you decide whether they’re reputable or not. Ask around and talk with your neighbors. If you can get recommendations from people who work in your field, that’s even better.
When I called my local Torutööd Saaremaal (Plumbing works in Saaremaa) company to come out and fix something, I asked them to send someone over right away because I didn’t feel comfortable giving them my credit card number until I knew they were legit. I also told them that if I could find anyone else who needed their services, I wanted to let them know. The guy came within the hour and explained everything he would do, and then he left. He wasn’t there long enough for me to ask any questions and it turned out fine. So, don’t hesitate to ask the same types of questions if you want to be sure they’re legitimate.
- Call Around Before Hiring Anyone
You might think that asking other companies for referrals is too time-consuming, but I always try to do this before calling anyone. It only takes a minute or two, and it helps you weed out the bad apples.
- Compare Prices
One of the biggest mistakes I made when I called the plumbing company was that I didn’t compare prices before accepting their estimate. There are several reasons why you should compare prices before hiring anyone. First of all, you want to make sure they aren’t ripping you off. Second of all, you can see which ones charge by the job instead of hourly. Thirdly, you can see how much they charge per square foot (if they’re doing more than one service). Finally, you can compare estimates between different providers.
- Know What They Are Supposed to Fix
Another mistake I made was assuming that the plumber would come out to just fix whatever was wrong with my toilet or sink. Sometimes you’re going to need a full-blown remodel or new system installed, so make sure you know what they are supposed to install before signing the contract.
- Go With Someone Who Has References
Lastly, I recommend that you go with someone who has references. Most experienced plumbers won’t hesitate to give you a list of past clients. Make sure that the reference list isn’t just names and numbers though. Get as many details as possible. For example, you want to know how long they’ve been in business, where they live, and what type of customers they have.
The reason behind this tip is because I know plenty of plumbers who claim to be legit, but who have terrible reviews online. When I was looking for a plumber, I found the most helpful reviews on Google Places and Angie’s List. Also, you can check the BBB website to see if they have any complaints filed against them. If you find any negative reviews, you should probably steer clear of that particular provider.
So, now that you’re armed with these five essential tips, you should have no problem finding a reliable plumber. But just remember, you still need to do your homework first. Don’t trust anyone without proof, and check around before you commit to anything.
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