You should consider these things when hiring a contractor. A conversation with your potential plumber can help you set the tone for the job and make informed hiring decisions. Here’s a list to help you think through before you sign the contract.
Have You Been Licensed?
This is probably one of the most important questions that you can answer. Although the majority of states require plumbers who are licensed to practice in their state, each state has its requirements. It is important to know what your state’s licensing requirements are.
Many state governments offer an easy way to search for contractor licenses online. This allows the homeowner to look up the contractor’s number to confirm their license status. It will be possible to verify the legitimacy and license of the contractor that you are looking at by simply checking the license numbers.
Refer to the table at last for links to individual state websites. You will be able to verify the plumber’s license. A non-licensed plumber should never be hired.
Do not just hire the first plumber to contact. Get at most three written estimates. Most plumbers in Sydney will provide an on-site estimate after inspecting the job.
Installing a water heater is a simple task. But it’s best to have the estimate in writing. A plumber who is a professional will provide you with written estimates.
Make sure to check the estimate and ask whether the price quoted represents the total cost. All labor and parts should be included. Discuss any potential issues and what to expect financially if there is an unexpected.
How Will You Do The Work?
There is a good chance that the small plumbing company will provide the estimate and the plumber will complete the job. But, larger companies often employ multiple plumbers so that another person can do the work. While this is not necessarily an issue, it’s something to be aware of.
If you are not sure if the estimate was prepared by the same person, inquire about their experience and training. A professional plumbing company will take the time to listen and offer you these details.
When Does Payment Due?
For a simple job, it’s unlikely that you will need to create a payment schedule. If you are doing a more complicated job, like a remodel, you will want to be aware of the terms.
Most plumbers require a 50% deposit before the job can be started. Before you hire someone, it is important to know what the payment terms are.
Even if you don’t need to create a payment schedule, it’s still important to understand how the plumber expects their payments to be. Most plumbing companies will accept credit cards. Knowing this information before hiring is a great idea.
Do You Want A Quote?
For many jobs like installing water heaters, a flat fee is used. A flat rate is a price that doesn’t change for labor expenses.
Plumbers sometimes add a clause to their contracts that says the homeowner will pay all reasonable costs while they finish the job. In this situation, the plumber would charge the homeowner an hourly price in addition to the cost associated with the purchase of parts. If the job takes more time than expected, the labor costs will increase.
Do You Include Clean-Up In Your Bid?
Plumbers usually clean up after themselves and take away all old parts, including water heaters. They may not do the same for homeowners. There could be empty boxes, discarded pieces, or even an old water heater left for you.
Is Your Work Guaranteed?
Although plumbers offer different guarantees, you should verify all details before signing a contract. If you ever require follow-up work, ensure you have everything verbally promised in writing.
Have You Been Bonded?
It is important to ensure that your plumber is licensed and insured in case of an accident. Never hire an unlicensed plumber.
Do Any Of Your References Have You Got?
Ask for references. A reputable plumber should be able and willing to give you names of satisfied customers from your area.
One person’s bad experience does not necessarily mean they will have a bad one. You can make informed decisions if you have enough information. It’s important to do your research before you hire anyone.