While the thought of purchasing new bathroom fixtures or even doing a complete bathroom overhaul may seem exciting, one of the most essential parts of the process is knowing how to select the right plumber for the job. Here a re a list of the top five questions you should ask before deciding on which plumber is the best one for the job.
Are You Licensed?
One of the most important to ask your plumber is whether or not he is licensed. A plumber’s license is difficult to obtain in most states and requires extensive training and testing before it can be issued. When your plumber is licensed, it not only guarantees knowledge and experience, it also tends to ensure a higher quality of work and some form of warranty for the services performed. Often times novice plumbers will tell you they need to rip up your brand new slate flooring in order to trace a supply pipe. Professionals know that any type of demolition is done only as a matter of last resort. The last thing you want to find out is that you have to replace your drywall or flooring unnecessarily.
What Is Your Estimate Procedure & Format?
Many companies advertise ‘free estimates’, but what they don’t tell you unless you read the fine print is that they’re only free if you decide to choose them for your services. If you go with another company, you will be charged for the estimate provided. You should also make sure to ask if the estimate being provided is a fixed price or an estimated price.
Fixed price estimates may be slightly higher, but it also eliminates the concern of your plumber purposely taking his time in order to run up your bill.
Finally, make sure the estimate provides some time of breakdown of the services that will be performed and the cost associated with each step. This will help you see if there any any steps you are being charged for that you may not necessarily need in the first place.
Can You Provide References?
One of the best ways to gauge a plumber’s quality of work and pricing fairness is by talking to his former customers. Always ask for at least two or three references and contact information for past clients that will be willing to discuss their experiences with you regarding the services they received.
By being prepared in advance with a firm list of questions, including the ones above, you can not only show the plumber that you are educated and prepared to select a qualified provider, but also guarantee for yourself a higher level of satisfaction when the work is completed.