Making the mistake of choosing the wrong plumbing contractor can be a costly one and sometimes even set you back years of preparing for your new job. You want to prevent that from happening but you’re thrown by the amount of choices out there then you’re looking in the right place. Take the advice provided here to heart before you make your decision.
Find out how often your plumbing contractor has been able to keep to schedules on past projects. This is a good indicator on the chances that your project will encounter delays. If the contractor can usually meet deadlines, hopefully this means they will meet your deadline as well.
Have the plumbing contractor detail the bid according to materials costs and labor costs. This will help you differentiate between the types of costs and help you compare different bids amongst different contractors. Sometimes contractors will mark up the costs of materials just to make a profit.
A plumbing contractor who approaches you saying he is working in the area and is prepared to give you a cash discount on the work you want completed is another red flag. This again indicates a fly-by-night operation. Only work with contractors that you have contacted personally.
During a sit-down interview with a potential plumbing contractor, keep a sharp eye out for any question you ask that gives the contractor pause, or makes them stutter or hesitate. If they seems like they’re purposefully evading your questions, that’s probably the case – and you should move on to the next potential contractor.
The first bid is never the right bid! Compare and contrast different estimates from plumbing contractors so that you have the information you need to make an informed decision. Ask for detailed breakdowns regarding labor or materials costs. Some contractors try to increase their profits by overcharging in these areas.
Ask potential plumbing contractors for a full description of their services as well as priorities to make sure they work to satisfy your standards. Only hire contractors that are both bonded and verified. When contacting references, you should not only double check competence, but also take the opportunity to ask questions about style and appearance too.
Before hiring a plumbing contractor, ask them to provide you personal and financial references. Then call the references and ask them about the contractor’s punctuality, professionalism and ethics. If you find that a contractor’s references aren’t exactly giving glowing reviews, it might be a good idea to consider another person for your project.
Don’t let a plumbing contractor get ahead of you when working on the project. You deserve to stay updated on all progress, and to know what to expect as improvement moves into each new phase. Your contractor should be honest, forthcoming and agreeable about keeping you totally in the loop as the project moves forward. Just because you don’t know as much about improvement doesn’t mean you should be left out.
Author: Abe JohnsonThis author has published 16 articles so far.