Finding out you have a plumbing issue in your home can seem like the end of the world; with dollar signs flashing before your eyes, you would be forgiven for giving in to momentary panic. If you have no knowledge of plumbing or how to fix something that goes wrong, an issue can be a major source of stress.
Also, if you are unaware of the specifics of the trade, it can be difficult to know if you are getting a good price for the work that needs to be done. We have gathered information below to ensure you are getting a good deal for the work that needs to be done.
Get Multiple Quotes
The first thing to do if you are unsure if you are getting a good deal is to get quotes from multiple plumbing companies for the work that needs to be done. You may request a quote online or over the telephone by describing the issue.
If you are unsure of plumbing companies in your area, you can search for specific companies such as Med’s Fresno Plumbers or simply Fresno Plumbers to get a list of companies near you. With several quotes given, you will be able to see what the average cost is.
You should ignore a significantly higher or significantly lower quote unless the company gives you a reason why the quote is so high or low. A much higher quote could mean that you will be paying a premium call-out fee, and much lower, the company may be using substandard materials.
With a list of companies, look at the ones you are considering to see which best suits your needs.
Do Not Panic
It can be tempting to book the work with the first company you speak to if they can give you an early date for the work to be completed. However, we urge you not to panic and book in the first possible company. It pays to consider your options and take a little time to get the right company.
If you take an additional hour to get quotes, as mentioned above, this usually will not significantly change when you can get work completed. Panicking when booking the work can lead to you getting a worse deal than you could with patience.
Check the Price of Parts Online
Even if you do not know where to start to complete plumbing work, you can check the price of parts online. If you know you need a new kitchen tap and know which one you want; you can work out what you are being charged for the fitting from the quote you receive.
Tradespeople such as plumbers will often be able to purchase the parts cheaper than individuals. Also, it is worth asking if you can complete the work for less if you pick up the parts yourself. If you know someone who works in a hardware store and gets a discount, this can also help you save money for repairs
Any way that you can reduce the cost of the job will be beneficial; however, there is no point purchasing the parts yourself if the quote inclusive of parts is a good deal for the work you need.