Have you recently moved into a new house and had intentions of doing renovations or remodeling? If the answer to this question is yes, at some point during the renovation period, you will most likely find yourself in need of a good plumbing contractor. If this is your first time to venture into the world of repair and utility, then an expert and professional plumbing contractor is a must. Here are seven things for you to think about before hiring a plumber to assist on the project.
- Price of job
- Cleaning Arrangements
- Hourly or Flat Rate
- Relevant licensing
- Hour of Payment
- Identifying the Plumber or Heating Engineer
- What are the Damage Claims
Let’s take a closer look at each of the pointers so that you can make better decisions. First up is licensing. One of the first things you want to do is ensure that the plumbing contractor you had in mind has a license to operate in your city and state. Secondly, the costs – always inquire and get a full breakdown to avoid being charged with any hidden charges. Find out the plumber’s rate, whether it is hourly or a flat rate fee. Having this information at the ready will save hours of headache and hassle. Another good tip to keep in mind is to always meet up with your plumbing contractor beforehand to discuss terms and conditions. If someone attempts to offer you a free price estimate on a phone call, run like the wind! You always want to have price estimates done within your household.
As good as some plumbers are, sometimes they forget to clean up after themselves. Cardboard boxes, packing materials, Styrofoam, and excess screws, pieces of metal, or other miscellaneous junk may be left by the crew after the repair is finished. Ensure that you check the fine print in the terms and conditions document to know what your rights are in the event of an abnormality in the process. This is most especially applicable in cases where damage was caused to your home after the plumbing contractor has left. To claim insurance for damages, you’ll need to take photographs or have evidence of the affected area before the damage was caused, and afterwards. This process also applies to any missing items in your home which you are unable to locate following the appointment.