Building a home can be a very exciting milestone in one’s life. It is inarguably one of the most challenging projects one may ever have to. The desire for perfection while ensuring that everything will be within budget can sometimes drive a new homeowner crazy.
Hiring a reputable plumbing contractor is crucial to ensuring that the new home will be safe and free from plumbing troubles. Plumbing problems, after all, can cause a myriad of concerns including accidents, water damage, mold and mildew, and damage to appliances and furniture.
So how can a new homeowner find the right plumbing contractor?
Reliable plumbing contractors are usually found through friends and relatives who may have done business with a plumber that is worth recommending. A new homeowner will stand to benefit from asking trusted relatives or neighbors if they know a plumbing contractor that is both experienced and trustworthy.
Upon receiving recommendations, the new homeowner can also scour the internet for licensed contractors who peddle their services online. Inquire from those with a reputable website, mention the scope of the job, and ask for complimentary cost estimates.
Ask both recommended plumbers and those found online about their legitimacy details such as licenses and permits, and verify these claims through the Contractors State License Board Official Website. Check out social media ratings, as well as third-party reviews of the services of the contractors.
Do not skip interviews
Try to carry out conversations either over the phone or face to face so that the project details can be discussed. By personally inquiring about their services, a homeowner could also get the feel of how the contractor renders services and answers inquiries. Be cautious, though because it is during the negotiation stage where contractors put their best foot forward.
During interviews ask about the timeline and the scope of the cost estimate that they have provided. Ask about warranties and after-sales services as well. The new homeowner can also ask for referrals so that he can talk to former clients and see the work they have carried out for this person.