Looking to hire a plumber? It is important to choose the right one. After all, you want to make you’re your water is running, can be both hot and cold, and that your toilets are flushing properly. There are several things to consider as you begin your search. Keep these in mind as you search for a plumber to make sure you are getting the right one for the job.
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- Accreditations. Your Broward plumber should have the proper qualifications, including current licensing. It is also worth searching to see if any formal complaints have been filed against the plumber because if there are, then your plumber may not be trustworthy.
- Insurance. All contractors, plumbers included, should carry some form of insurance. It is a bonus if your plumber is also bonded because that means that there is added coverage. Insurance is necessary in the event that either you, the plumber, or both are injured or have an accident that causes extensive damages to property.
- Warranties. When hiring a plumber, they should have a warranty guarantee for their work, including parts and labor. Be sure to get this in writing so that they are accountable. Most reliable contractors will guarantee their work for up to a year.
- Referrals. Perhaps you have a friend, family member, or co-worker who had a plumber do exceptional work for them. If they did a good enough of a job to get the approval of someone you know, then they may be worth looking into. Some contractors may even provide incentives if you are either able to mention a referral or willing to give referrals for a job well done.
- Online Reviews. Check and see if your plumber has any ratings online. If they are consistently getting 4 and 5 star reviews, and are receiving rave testimonials from former clients, then they
- Pricing. While cost is a big factor in hiring a plumber, you do not want to necessarily go with the cheapest or most expensive. The key here is to find the best value in services. A cheap service isn’t worth it if the plumbing doesn’t last. Likewise, you can likely get good service without breaking the bank. This is why you want to shop around and get several bids. Ask and see if the plumber will provide a written estimate, price match with other bids, and if they are either hourly or flat-rate. The average hourly rates for plumbers, according to Homeadvisor.com, is $45-150.
- Customer Service. When prospecting for a plumber, consider their responsiveness. Are they answering your calls, or responding in a reasonable manner if unavailable? Are they willing to take the time to answer all your questions respectfully? Do they show interest in working with you and give high quality service? Some of this can be found out through references, but first impressions can be just as helpful. Getting the wrong vibe from a plumber means that they may not be worth your business.