Choosing a contractor to carry out your building, home improvement and repair job is not always the easiest thing in the world. I am sure that every one of us has a method to make a choice, be it making an online research and checking a number of directories, counting on recommendations from friends and family, or using their intuition and choosing the company you feel like reliable and experienced enough. There are still a few simple and basic, yet very effective ways to make sure that you are making the right choice.
Today, I will take a more in depth look at how to choose the right plumbing contractor for your needs. I outline some helpful guidelines for you in order to help you orientate what a professional plumbing contractor must be able to offer.
• Ask for recommendations
Word-of-mouth is probably a method many of us count on, when making an important decision. You cannot deny it, it is in our human nature to look for advice and helpful information and when it comes to services such as plumbing services, recommendations can be very helpful. Do not hesitate to take your time and do your research, estimate all advices and tips you may get, always ask for what your family, friends, neighbors and colleagues could recommend. If some of them have experienced a recent plumbing project and service, ask them how the plumber handled the problems, would they hire the same contractor again, if required.
• Look for credentials
Getting recommendations is half of the job done. The other half consists of making some more research and look for credentials. You can get this over the phone, or by simply having a look at the website of the contractor, most of the companies already have one. What you have to look for is if the plumbing contractor holds all the certificates, licenses and qualifications required, do they meet the standards in the branch along with designations from professional organizations and associations such as the Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors Limited or Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering. Being a member of such associations and organizations usually means that every member has to be able to meet high standards in the branch. The bonus is that these associations often offer the opportunity for additional training and developing the skills too.
I know that it may take some precious time you simply don’t have, but making a short interview with the candidates and narrowing down the list of contenders can be also very helpful. You will be able to learn more about the history and experience of the company, the policy of the contractor, ask for a portfolio of previously completed projects. A contractor should be communicative and answer all your questions, not hiding important information.
The main qualities and features of a good plumbing contractor and practice will include: someone, who is really easy to access through phone, e-mail or address, someone that carries insurance that protects you from liability, someone reputable and with good reputation, reliable and trustworthy, someone that have earned professional certificates and licenses.