After you started your project, when was the last time you had a home cooked meal with your family? If you can’t remember, then it’s time to search for someone who can help you shoulder some of the workload and who else would do a better job than a plumbing repair contractor? To find the right contractor that you can trust to take over for you in your absence, we have provided some clues to look for.
You can get good recommendations of plumbing repair contractors through the community center or a Church group. You can safely assume that these contractors have been pre-screened and can be trusted. Even in this case, follow up by calling references and getting opinions.
When you decide to get down to brass tacks and hire the plumbing repair contractor you’ve chosen, make sure you get a copy of the agreement you’ve signed before you leave their office. Otherwise, you won’t have any proof of its contacts or the signatures on the document, but you’re still legally beholden to the terms of the agreement!
Another good way of hiring a good plumbing repair contractor is through your project designer. These designers generally have good rapport with a contractor with whom they usually work with. You could hire a contractor recommended by the designer. If you have researched the designer well, chances are you will not have to research the contractor in great detail as they would have chosen their plumbing repair contractors wisely too.
When you’re writing your budget, never forget the old saying: “Man makes plans, and God laughs.” Unanticipated costs and complications are a part of almost every improvement project. Be sure to set aside an extra 10% for “slush funds” in case you need extra materials or the work runs over schedule (and it’s not the plumbing repair contractor’s fault.)
Never use a standard contract with your plumbing repair contractor because no two jobs are always the same. Spell out all the details of the job you need to get done in the contract so that the work is completed according to your satisfaction and you do not have to face a problem in the future.
If you are going to order items on your own for your project, you should inform the plumbing repair contractor of this so that he is aware of it before bidding. The reason being that some contractors would not like to work with products which are covered by warranty.
Ask local trade associations for recommendations on plumbing repair contractors in your area. Call references and make sure to be specific in asking what they like about the contractor’s work. Ask the contractor about their tastes and style, and make sure their vision is in alignment with your own. While you will be able to make most choices, you need to share the same outlook so that the right choices are easier.
Author: Joe MoshThis author has published 18 articles so far.