Your due diligence in finding a reputable plumber
Whether you are building a new home and having new plumbing installed, replacing old faulty plumbing in an existing home, or needing a common plumbing repair, you will face the task of finding a plumber you can trust to do the job competently, on time, and for a reasonable fee. There are countless plumbers out there, claiming to be the best and begging for your business. How do you find the right fit for you? Here are some tips for how to find a reputable plumber:
Compile a list of candidates. In order to find the best plumber for your needs, you will need to do some comparison shopping. The best place to start is to ask people you know if they can recommend a good plumber. Then search online for plumbers in your area. It is also a good idea to ask local real estate agents, plumbing supply stores, and builders who they use and/or refer their customers to.
Check licenses. You can easily check a plumber’s licensing by conducting an online search with your state’s licensing board. All you need is the plumber’s business name or license number. Plumbers must undergo a number of requisites before obtaining a license, including a background check and a plumbing competency test, so checking for proper licensing is a great place to start.
Interview candidates. Once you’ve verified appropriate licensing, you should interview the remaining candidates to weed out the yays from the nays. Ask about years of experience, specializations (installation versus repair, for example), and amount of expertise in handling jobs similar to yours.
Call on references. When you interview candidates, you should ask for references. Call on each of the references you are given and ask about things like customer service, timeliness, and work quality.
Get bids. Once you have narrowed down your list of candidates to a manageable size, it is time to get bids. Have each of the plumbers give you a detailed bid, including work hours, materials to be used, and estimates for completion time. At this point, you will know from all of your research that you are comparing apples to apples, so the winning bid will determine which plumber you ultimately choose.
Your home’s plumbing is a major investment, and one that you will need to last for many years to come. Don’t take any chances with faulty plumbing materials or installation. Put all of your plumbing needs in the hands of competent, trustworthy professionals like us, Best Value Plumbing and Heating. We can be reached by telephone, at
(603) 524-3138, or via email: [email protected]