Edmonton Plumbing Blog
Hiring a contractor from a plumbing website to perform a job at your home can be both an intimidating task, and a risky one. The internet is full of scam artists and dangerous people pretending to be professionals. On the other hand, hiring a contractor from the internet can be the easiest and most reliable way to go about finding a professional. The difference between dangerous and effective lies in following a few basics steps.
Ask a potential contractor to show you his plumbing license. This will ensure that this contractor is capable, is registered to work in his trade, and can abide by the local standards of his trade. It is also important to ensure that the contractor is fully insured, thus protecting your home in the case of a mishap. There is also a degree of accountability for the work done if you have his license details.
Get to know the plumber’s online reputation to give you a good idea of what sort of business person you are dealing with. There are many platforms that offer consumers a means of expressing experiences they have had, and these reviews can be extremely helpful to you if you want honest feedback on a plumber. Keep in mind that many tradesmen are not very computer minded, and their online presence may not be great, but reviews will tell you an accurate story in general. A simple Google search using the company’s name should yield some reviews or social media accounts.
Get a plumber who will give you an estimate in person. Getting a plumber to quote you on a job telephonically is often the sign of an inexperienced or perhaps less meticulous plumber. A contractor in this trade should visit the premises and evaluate the situation before giving clients pricing estimates. Even if a client is convinced it is a simple matter, there are often hidden factors or complications that a qualified plumber will recognize can play a major role in the overall cost.
Ensure that you understand how the plumber bills his clients. Many plumbers charge by the hour, and they start charging when they leave their office. Should the plumber encounter traffic, that time may be unfairly billed to your account. Ensure that you have a clear understanding of the terms with the contractor you hire.
Get multiple quotes. It is always wise to get at least three quotes from different qualified plumbers to ensure that you are being quoted fairly on a job.
Check out the company’s website. Plumbing websites can be a great help in deciding on a contractor. A website can serve as a shop window, allowing a potential customer to get a feel for the company, understand what they stand for and what their business approach is. Visiting a plumbing website can also help to explain better the services offered by the plumber, and make getting in contact with a plumber much easier.
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