Finding affordable plumbing which is also of a high standard can be very difficult. There are many untrustworthy plumbers and plumbing companies out there who try to tempt customers with attractive prices. However, many of them charge cheap rates because they lack the necessary tools or skills to do the job properly. So even though you’re paying a lower price for the work, you end up paying through the teeth when everything falls apart.
So, how can you find affordable plumbing while also making sure that they’re going to do a good quality job? Read on to find out what to look for, and what to avoid!
Make sure your plumber is licensed and qualified
This should be fairly obvious, but it’s such an important step that some people forget about. When you’re considering a plumber to carry out work on your home, make sure to ask to see their qualifications. Different states have different laws when it comes to plumbers and other contractors, so make sure to check the requirements for your state before you start out. Some states require plumbers to have a license, meaning they have pass exams to prove their expertise. Others simply require a plumber to be registered, which doesn’t guarantee competency.
It’s always worth asking the plumber what exams they’ve taken and what qualifications they have. If they don’t have any, you may want to err on the side of caution. A plumber who isn’t licensed may be able to offer you affordable plumbing, but if their work isn’t up to scratch, you’ll soon find out the hard way. Remember, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is!
Get a quote before work begins
Never trust a plumber who won’t offer you a quote before they start on the project. When you want some plumbing work done, an expert plumber should offer you a realistic estimate of the cost based on what you need them to do. Some even offer free consultations, where they’ll come to your home and assess what needs to be done before they give you a quote. However they do it, you should be sure that they don’t try to avoid talking about the price.
If they seem too keen to start work without telling you how much it’ll cost, or they are too vague about it, it’s best to avoid them. After all, even if they assure you that they offer affordable plumbing, you can’t be sure until you have a quote. If they do offer a quote, make sure you get it in writing, too – so that if they try to charge you a lot more, you have proof!
Check online reviews
In this modern age, nothing is as helpful as the internet when it comes to making difficult decisions – such as which plumber to choose. If you’re considering using a plumber for the first time, you should search for them online first. There are lots of websites out there which are dedicated to reviewing tradesmen. Remember, some companies offer affordable plumbing to draw you in, and then produce substandard work. You could end up spending so much on getting the work fixed that it won’t have been worth the savings.
When someone has a bad experience with a plumber, they’re likely to post about it online. That way, other people won’t make the same mistake. If, after some serious detective work, you haven’t found any negative reviews, they’re probably trustworthy.
Ask around- friends and family
If you have any friends or family in the area who have used plumbing services, it’s worth asking around. You may find that other people in your area have experience with the plumber that you’re considering. If your friends and family have had bad experiences with them, you should probably avoid them too. After all, you can’t be too careful!
If friends and family members can’t help you, you could even try asking local businesses. Shops, cafés and restaurants all have plumbing systems, and may have needed the services of a plumber in the past! It never hurts to ask around. Especially as some plumbers don’t really advertise, and rely on word of mouth to sell their services.
Don’t fall for rock bottom prices
It’s the oldest trick in the book: tempt customers with a cheap price, and you’ll make a sale, no matter the quality of your work. Just like every kind of business out there, some plumbers take advantage of people who haven’t got much money to spare. It’s sad, but not all plumbers are proud of the work that they do. Some tradesmen deliberately offer extremely low prices in exchange for shoddy services. Customers are tempted by the promise of affordable plumbing, and get burned when it turns out the plumber is untrustworthy.
The phrase “you get what you pay for” can sometimes be worth remembering. If a plumber is offering dirt cheap services, there’s probably going to be a catch. Chances are, the work won’t be very good. And when you end up having to make emergency repairs, you’ll understand why it’s sometimes worth spending a little more!
Don’t fall for rush jobs
This point runs along the same lines as the previous one, but it’s definitely worth pointing out separately. Sometimes, a plumber will entice you in by promising a really speedy service. I’m sure you can understand why this may be quite tempting. After all, you don’t want to be stuck without a working toilet or shower for very long – especially if you have a big family! However, it’s important to realise that for most jobs, good quality work can take some time to complete.
If a plumber is promising that they’ll do the job twice as quickly as any other company, you should be wary. They may be sacrificing the quality of their work in order to see as many clients as possible in a short stretch of time. As tempting as the offer may be, it would be better to find someone who will carry out the work thoroughly and to a high standard.
So, there you have it: the six main things to look out for when searching for affordable plumbing. And if you still need some help, don’t be afraid to give us a call. We’ll be happy to give you a quote and talk through your options with you!