It makes sense that you don’t often look for a plumber until you really need one NOW.
You want to make sure you hire the right person for the job. You don't want to get scammed, or worse, have an unqualified person do more harm than good. So, take a deep breath, slow down and do some quick homework. Thankfully, Google and Bing make it a bit easier to find the right plumbing company for the job.
Here are four steps to follow when searching for a plumber:
1. Consult Online Directories for your area.
Usually, these are simple to use and a quick search by zip code will turn up a list of plumbers in your area.
2. Check their credentials and online reviews.
Before you bring anyone into your home, you should make sure you have an idea about their background and reputation. Never solely rely on price to make the decision. Often, the cheapest plumber (or doctor, lawyer or anyone else) is the cheapest for a reason: They cannot offer quality and won't pass any sort of scrutiny of their online reviews. 3. If possible, try to get a rough quote on the phone.
While this may not be possible for many jobs, if you need some basic plumbing work, such as swapping out a faucet, you should be able to receive an estimate. And most reputable plumbers will know an approximate price range for most normal services. This also gives you the chance to ask the same questions and determine who is the best fit for your needs. Make sure you ask questions pertaining to your problem, their experience, the cost, and anything else that may be on your mind. Ask if there is a service call fee in addition to other charges. You don’t want to be charged if the plumber is not going to do any work for you.
4. Base your hiring decision on factors that include the experience of the plumber, the cost of the job, and how soon they can complete the task. Also make sure they are properly licensed.
This is your home we are talking about. You ought to consider all the details and not just price. Cheap may be appealing, but VALUE is much better.