If you’re shopping around looking for the lowest price Katy plumbers, you may not be getting the best deal. That’s because the bottom line price isn’t always the best indicator of value, workmanship, or experience. With that in mind, here are the five questions you should always ask before hiring a plumber:
- Are you licensed? If you don’t ask any other question on this list, always make sure that you at least know the Katy plumbers your are trying to hire are licensed professionals. But a word of warning, don’t just take their word for it. People unscrupulous enough to work without a license may also be willing to mislead you about this. Always ask for them to provide you a copy of their license as proof that they are above board.
- What does the estimate include? First of all, be wary of any plumber who is willing to give you an estimate over the phone. If they haven’t had a chance to assess the problem, they can’t tell you how much it’s going to cost. However, when you do have a quote to work with, you will want to know what services the estimate covers. Does it include parts? Labor? What about a contingency for any problems that may come up? Are they charging a flat rate or an hourly fee? Knowing the answer to these questions will help you get a better idea of the value for money you are getting.
- How much do you expect upfront? There are a number of different industry standard payment schedules, but expecting 100% of the fee up front is not one of them. If the plumber is expecting you to fork out for the complete cost of repairs before they’ve even begun to work, you should be seeing giant red flags. If you’ve got a large plumbing project, it is common for a plumber to ask set up a milestone payment plan, where payments coincide with the progress for the job. However, if it’s a smaller repair, you’ll probably be asked to pay a minimal upfront fee and then the rest when the job is done.
- What kinds of warranty is included? The last thing you want is to have to do is pay to fix this problem again if something breaks or if it wasn’t fixed properly the first time. As you are browsing and comparing the options of Katy plumbers available, make sure you find out what kind of guarantees they make about their work as well as what’s covered on the parts they use.
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