Finding a Good Plumber Whether it’s a small job or a big project, choosing the wrong plumber will not just cause disruption for you and your household, but also drain your wallet. So instead of simply getting someone at random, it is well worth allotting time for research to ensure your work goes as hassle-free as possible. These are six ways that can help you search for a reliable plumber: Personal Referrals
The best way to find a plumber is through a referral from someone you know and trust. Talk to your family and friends, neighbors and coworkers – they’re usually glad to give information. If you know an electrician, builder or any tradesman, you should ask them as well.
Tradesman Organizations See whether your prospective plumber is part of a group for tradesmen who have been screened thoroughly and have proven abilities. Such groups are either operated by government-approved bodies or by private entities that are in full compliance of Trading Standards. Their websites generally have searchable databases, where you can type your postcode and instantly get a list of plumbers registered in your place. Online Reviews Majority of independent contractors and small businesses have no budget for conventional advertising (TV, billboard, etc.), so they often depend on independent websites that publish testimonials given by their customers. Take note, however, that the system isn’t fool proof – plumbers may create fake profiles and write 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. This should even out in the general score, but it’s wise to take every review with a grain of salt. Social Media Many companies today find their past customers on social media, either venting their frustration over those they have hired, or praising them for a job well done. Check your prospective plumber’s Facebook page and Twitter feed to know what’s going on between them and their customers. Phone Estimates As most other people, you likely think of your budget as the most important consideration as you pick a plumber. It would be great to start with three quotes or price estimates over the phone, and if one of them seems much higher or lower than the the two, ask for an explanation. A plumber will be unable to give you an accurate estimate until they have actually seen what’s wrong, but the estimates you get at this stage will give you an idea as to which of your prospects will be more or less expensive than the rest. Lastly, with three or more prospects instead of just one, you can comparisons and find out which one is really the best for you. Besides, plumbers are not all created equal.