We’ve all heard stories about plumbers who cheat their customers or routinely do shoddy work. Everyone in need of a repair or installation wants to find an experienced tradesperson who will do a good job for a fair price. The following tips can help you avoid unscrupulous contractors and hire a skilled, dependable plumber.
Websites with searchable directories of licensed plumbers are a useful resource for obtaining multiple quotes. Check whether the plumbers are screened before being added to the database. Look for sites which provide a forum for customer feedback or a customer ratings system.
The websites of trade associations often have a facility which allows you to search for registered plumbers in your local area. Members of organizations such as the Association of Plumbers and Heating Contractors are required to abide by a strict code of practice. If you have a dispute with a contractor who is registered with a trade body, the association can help you to resolve it.
If you need a specific job done, for example, installing a radiator, find out the typical cost involved. Enter the keywords ‘plumbing prices’ in a search engine to find websites that list charges for various types of work in your area. Compare quotes from local plumbers with the going rate.
Only do business with a tradesperson who is willing to provide you with a written guarantee. It should state that, if the repair is not correctly carried out the first time, the contractor will return to fix the ongoing problem at no extra charge. Experienced professionals will stand behind their work.
If you need a plumber to take on an expensive, labor-intensive job, be sure to get a signed contract before work starts. It should state the total cost including parts and indicate how long the work will take to complete. It should also note the amount of deposit you are required to pay up front.