You’re going to have to extensively research plumbing companies because it’s inevitable that you’ll need one. This is something you still might be interested in doing if you’ve hired a design and build company to be in charge of your project management. It won’t hurt to scope out what’s available to you.
Here are the top five things you should do when browsing and contacting plumbing companies. You may or may not be surprised how many rogue traders there are out there!
1. Make sure the plumbing companies you speak to have a plumbing license
It goes without saying that if plumbing companies don’t have a license then you probably can’t trust them to complete a satisfactory job. Your plumber will need to be licensed and hold insurance which covers you against accidental damage. Hiring someone who isn’t licensed and/or insured is asking for trouble.
2. Check out reviews and previous work
Check out social media sites and review pages for customer feedback of the plumbing companies you’re researching. If you can’t find the company online, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The company’s reputation might be so good that it only requires word of mouth to secure sufficient amounts of business.
You should also ask the company directly for examples of work they have done and how long they have been operating for. This will give you further insight into the quality of their practise.
3. Compare, compare, compare
This is becoming an extremely popular trend. The amount of market compare websites in existence is staggering. But when it comes to plumbing companies, you should get hold of them directly and get first-hand quotes for the work you need doing. A good plumber should ask to come and view your self-build plans and the site you’re building on. How accurate is their quote going to be over the phone if they haven’t actually seen for themselves what they’ll be dealing with?
And don’t go for the cheapest price you come across, but also don’t go for the most expensive. Cheapness doesn’t guarantee value for money and expensiveness doesn’t guarantee a job well done. Check out yell.com for your UK-based options.
4. Don’t go with a plumbing company who can’t guarantee a fixed price
No matter how you’re approaching your self-build project, you won’t want your budget to be constantly at risk because of an unfixed plumbing quote. This is why it’s important to find a plumber who’ll come and look at the job before coming up with a price. If a plumbing company can’t offer you a fixed figure then it might be because they’re badly organised, don’t have confidence in their own work or won’t be able to finish the job on time.
5. Ask other types of tradesmen for recommendations
If you’re unsure where to start, you could ask an electrician or repairman who you’ve dealt with before if they know an equally good plumber. They will almost certainly have dealt with other tradesmen in their work. If they’re friends with them, they might even be able to offer you a discounted service if you let the plumber know who recommended them to you.