Last Updated on June 18, 2018
If you own your home or commercial property, it is likely that you will need the services of a plumber at some point. This is why you need to know what to ask them before you hire one. Here are five important things that you need to inquire about:
Are you licensed and insured?
You need to ask about this and verification of these in order to be certain that the plumber is legal to perform work where you live. Reputable companies will proudly display this information. If one does not, you should be skeptical because you will likely have little legal recourse should something go wrong. You may not even be able to find them in the future.
What is the physical address and the company website?
Today, virtually all businesses have websites that potential customers can visit. A plumbing company should also have a legitimate address that can be verified. Without a place of operation and a website for the company, it could be a scam artist just trying to get your money.
Do you operate on fixed rates or hourly?
In some instances, plumbing companies will provide fixed quotes that mean you will know exactly how much money the job will cost. Hourly rates can end up costing you a great deal more should the plumber work slowly or add on extra work to the job.
How long has the business been in operation?
While you may want to help out new businesses, plumbing companies that have been around a long time are a safer bet for your money. A disreputable plumber may close and then open again under a new name in order to avoid claims against the previous business.
What are your emergency service policies?
Unfortunately, you may encounter emergencies at some point during your time of building ownership that will demand that you have a plumber arrive on a holiday, weekend or even the middle of the night. Knowing in advance the additional rates and other data can help you to be prepared should this type of instance occur in your life.
A good plumber contact is important to establish before you actually need one. By asking these questions, you can eliminate some from consideration so that you can secure a reputable business that you can develop a long term relationship with. This will benefit you and the company.