What to Ask Before Hiring a Plumber in London

What to Ask Before Hiring a Plumber in London

What’s important to know? What Questions to Ask?  Improve the chance of hiring a reputable plumber in London that will help you achieve your home renovation goals by asking these questions

  1. What experience does your plumber have with this type of project?

How much experience does the plumbing contractor have in doing projects like yours? Do they specialize in this type of project or are they more of a commercial plumber looking for some extra cash?Will they be using your home as a learning project? Typically, contractors who have done several projects like yours will have a better idea of the actual costs and production issues involved in your project. Remember, however, that every remodeling project is a little different, and it is doubtful that any contractor has ever done a job EXACTLY like yours.

  1. Who will be doing the actual work?

Will the individual you’re talking to be doing the work himself, or will they be using subcontractors or employees? Each scenario has its own advantages and disadvantages, but make sure you know what to expect on your job.

Is the plumbing company local? Or do they cover the whole of South London for example, so will always be away taking on smaller jobs? Also, who will answer your questions once the project begins? Should you talk to the tradesmen or the owner of the business? It is very important you have one person who will consistently answer your questions and not give you the run around.

  1. What happens if changes are required to the initial bid?

What is the contractors’ process for making changes in the middle of the project? Most times you would like to avoid making changes mid-project but there can be unforeseen obstacles that arise and it is good to know ahead of time how your contractor will deal with those obstacles. Most plumbers will use some sort of change order form that details the exact work and cost involved in changes once work has begun.

  1. Am I prepared to be flexible when the unexpected arises?

Invariably, every job has something that wasn’t planned on come up. Delays due to weather, unforeseen conditions which present themselves once walls are torn down, changes to design or material choices, and problems with employees or subcontractors can all upset the planned flow of the project. Are you prepared to be flexible and work with your contractor to find solutions when these problems arise?

 

  1. How do I feel about working with this contractor?

What is your gut feeling on working with this individual? Do you trust him or her? How do you feel about their design ideas as compared to your own? Can you communicate openly and clearly with this person? If it’s a remodeling project, how do you feel about this person being in your house for several days or weeks at a time often when you are not home? This is a really important factor to consider if you don’t trust this person don’t hire them.

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