When it comes to getting repairs done on your house, it can sometimes be like playing Russian roulette. While the old saying “you get what you pay for” might be true in most instances, it is not always true of home repair professionals. In some cases, you can end up paying top dollar for shoddy craft done by unqualified individuals.
When plumbing work, in particular, is not done well the first time, it can lead to more severe problems that can cost significantly more to repair than the original issue. In other cases, however, you may be skeptical of a plumber’s quote, when they are just merely giving you a fair and reasonable price.
Here are three tips for hiring a plumber Denver that will help ensure you get the best service at competitive prices.
1 Do your research
One of the very best ways to hire the best professionals is to ask for recommendations. One thing to be careful about when asking for recommendations, however, is to be sure you are getting recommendations from people who have had work done on their home by the person they are recommending. All too often, people know someone who is a plumber or have a relative who is just “handy” that they call when they need plumbing help. If you need a simple job done, that might be fine, but the more extensive the work you need to be done is, the more carefully you want to check references. Ask for recommendations first, but then ask for references from the plumber and check them carefully.
2 Ask for bids
While gathering bids may be time-consuming, it can also save you a fortune in the long run. Gathering bids should also give you some idea of the real value of the work being done. Not only will you get bids, but you will also get recommendations for services to be performed or equipment to be used. In some cases, one plumber may recommend having additional work done at the same time that can also save you additional money that another plumber may say is not necessary.
Be careful of just simply contracting either the lowest bidder or the highest because you think they will do the best job just because they are charging the most. Consider carefully the work to be done and the price for each contractor.
3 Read contracts carefully
In some cases, you may want to check a plumber’s license, but many states do not even require them so they may not have them to show. What is more important, however, is to be sure they are properly insured. When it comes to liability, you want to check contracts very carefully to be sure you know what the contractor is taking responsibility for and what could end up being your responsibility.
Depending on how extensive the work you need to be done is, you may even want to have an attorney check the contracts first. Installing a new sink, dishwasher or garbage disposal is one thing, but if you are having a new bathroom installed or a total remodels, you might want to have an attorney check the contracts before signing.