How to choose the very best plumber
Before you hire a plumber, you’re going to want to do some homework to make sure you’re choosing the very best. It’s a big decision, after all. Choose one that isn’t reputable and you’re in danger of being overcharged, scammed, and you may even need more repairs than when you started.
But don’t worry – we’ve got you covered. Take a look at our eight tips on how to choose a reputable plumber.
Ask friends. Always start by asking trusted friends to give you a recommendation when choosing a plumber. Today anyone can go online and write a great review for a plumber, so your best bet is to ask friends because they’ll be honest and unbiased.
Check review websites. Of course, online reviews are still very relevant, but stick with review sites that verify their reviews. Angie’s List, Facebook, and Yelp are good sources, as is Houzz. When you’re looking for plumbing companies on review sites, steer clear of the ones that receive consistent negative reviews.
Make sure they carry insurance. Before you schedule any plumbing appointments, make sure the company you choose has insurance and that it’s current. That way, if they break something and cause damage to your home while on the job, you won’t have to waste time in court trying to get your money back.
And that they’re licensed, too. Think anyone with a toolbox can be a plumber? Think again. Professional plumbers have to go through extensive training before they can become licensed. Just as you make sure your plumber is insured, you should also make sure that they are licensed.
Plumbers should look professional. Sure, plumbing is a messy job – but that doesn’t mean your plumber should show up looking less than professional. Most reputable plumbing companies provide their employees with uniforms or clothing with the company name. And most drive stocked company trucks. If your plumber shows up in everyday clothes in an unmarked truck, be wary.
They should offer a warranty. Make sure you choose a plumbing company that stands by their work and offers a warranty.
They provide accurate estimates. All reputable plumbers give accurate estimates and stick to them. They do this for two reasons – not only because it’s good customer service, but a good professional plumber understands before they get started on a job how much time, labor, and materials it should take to do it right.
They should value your time. The plumber you choose should schedule a time that works for you, and arrive on time. Avoid plumbing companies that won’t commit to a set time or can only give you a big window of time when they may (or may not) show up. The best plumbers value your time because we value your business.