Before hiring a plumber there are important questions you should ask to ensure that you receive quality services at a fair price. You will want your experience with a contractor to be as smooth as possible. To start you want to make sure a contractor is licensed. Unfortunately, many plumbers operate their business without a license. If you choose an unlicensed contractor you could be left with work that does not pass an inspection. Be sure to protect yourself and always ask.
It is also important to find out what the total cost of the service will be before you hire a plumber. Do not take the word of a plumber who insists on giving you a free estimate over the phone. Legitimate contractors will need to see the job firsthand before they can make an honest assessment. Once you receive a quote, be sure to ask if it includes labor, materials and any added costs if there are problems afterwards. Estimates can look great upon first glance, but as the job continues hidden costs can make the bill skyrocket very quickly.
Be sure to always ask when payment is expected and if any upfront payment is needed. If a contractor asks for full payment before any work has begun, that is a major red flag, and you should walk away. Other contractors use “milestones” (when certain parts of the project are completed) as points when payment is required. This is a good way to pay for any work. Be wary if a plumber asks to be paid after a certain number of weeks. In this case, work can be completed slower and at a higher cost to you.
While you might think the contractor giving you an estimate is the person who will be working on your project, always ask. Many plumbing companies have more than one contractor who works for them. If the person you are speaking with is not doing the work, you will want to find out who is and what their qualifications are. If he will not give you details, just keep looking.
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