No matter if the size of your project, choosing the wrong plumber can not only disrupt your entire family’s daily routine but also hit you in the pocket. So instead of randomly choosing someone, do a bit of research first so you can make an informed choice.
Below are six ways to help you find a good plumber:
Personal referrals are no doubt the best method of finding a competent and honest plumber. Call family members, friends, neighbors, colleagues, etc.- they may have hired someone who gave them good results. If you’ve hired other tradies before – an electrician, for example – ask them as well. If you tell the plumber who recommended them to you, they may actually give you a discount.
Official Tradesman Schemes
It’s always worth checking if your prospective plumber is part of an official scheme that is particularly for tradesmen who have been vetted and demonstrated necessary skills. Trustmark, Buy With Confidence and Approved Trader Scheme – these are examples of such schemes that are run according to Trading Standards or by organizations that have government accreditation. The websites of these bodies often have plumber databases where you can run location-based searches.
As expected, the World Wide Web comes in handy for making a simplified plumber search. Independent plumbers and smaller plumbing companies often lack the funds to promote themselves on on traditional media, like TV and radio, but they can depend on websites such as Top Tradespeople and CheckATrade, where users write reviews on the different plumbers they’ve hired. Obviously, anyone who is registered at these sites will do everything to maintain high ratings.
People usualy take to social media nowadays when praising tradies, such as plumbers, for a job well done or to air their sentiments when things don’t go as planned. Spend time going through your potential plumber’s Facebook and Twitter feeds. You will learn a lot about them just by observing how how they handle people’s comments, especially the negative ones.
There are other things to consider besides cost when hiring a plumber, but it is nonetheless a crucial part of your decision. Ask for estimates from at least two or three different plumbers, and if one seems remarkably higher or lower than the other two, ask for the reason. In any case, don’t make the mistake of hiring a plumber simply because they cost the least.
Lastly, don’t be shy to ask plumbers for client references, and make sure you actually talk to these people. Ask them about their overall experience with the tradie and whether they would consider hiring them again. Any plumber who doesn’t want to give you references is not worth pursuing.