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How To Hire a Plumber for Home Renovation Projects
From Lee Wallender,

Plumber. For most people, the very word evokes visions of midnight toilet overflows. Have no fear. Here the plumber is your friend. This plumber will help you carve a sparkling new bathroom out of your old, scary bathroom; or will add a shower on the kids' floor; or will plumb your new kitchen.


Here's How:
  1. Get Names
    Talk to neighbors who have had remodeling or new construction work done recently and get names. Keep in mind that you are hiring a plumber for remodeling or construction, not for repair. Those quickie-plumber trucks you see all over town specialize in emergency repairs. What you want is a plumber who will come prepared on an assigned date and perform solid work, following a pre-determined estimate, in order to assist you in your kitchen or bathroom renovation.
  2. Check State Licensing
    Check your state's licensing website to see if a plumber is licensing and has any pending or resolved complaints. Not all states license plumbers, but this is a good place to start your search. Remember, if a plumber is licensed, that doesn't necessarily mean they're a great plumber. It just means they have satisfied the minimum requirements to remain licensed. Word-of-mouth is a much better indicator of a plumber's value.
  3. Crystallize Your Plumbing Plan
    Pin down your plumbing plan before calling plumbers. The plan does not need to be refined down to types and sizes of pipe and fittings; the plumber will do that. But you do need to know what you want the final result to be.

  4. Make Cheat Sheet for Your Calls
    • Hourly rates?
    • Rates for non-plumbing tasks (such as opening up a wall)?
    • Is the customer charged while plumber waits for on-site delivery of parts?
    • Are they bonded and have worker's compensation and liabiity insurance?
    • Will they obtain a permit for you? Unlikely, but it doesn't hurt to ask.
    • Assuming your project is not a rush, can you negotiate a more advantageous deal by employing the plumber at one of his slow times?

  5. Make Calls
    Call and ask for the manager. Be patient. They likely deal with contractors and may not get many calls directly from homeowners. Admitting they you'd like some of their expertise can disarm them, though.
  6. Obtain Permit
    Assuming that the plumber is not obtaining the permit for you, now is the time to apply for it.Buy Your Own Fixtures
    You probably be buying your own fixtures, toilets, sinks, and the like.

  7. Prepare Job Site
    You don't want your expensive plumber to waste valuable time opening up walls, clearing crawlspaces, lighting dark basements. Even if you think they should do this, do this for them. It's your house, after all.
  8. Remain on Job Site During Work
    Don't hover. Instead, remain out of sight but within calling distance for questions from the plumber. You want to encourage questions. You will get a much better work product if you do.

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Brownell Lumber Company
96 Northville Road , Edinburg, NY
518-863-4337

Building Supplies / Homes / Docks

Besides offering our renowned home and dock packages, Brownell Lumber Company also features a full service retail lumberyard and hardware store. Whether you're looking for building supplies or tools for your latest project, we more than likely have it in stock. We feature full lines of plumbing, electrical and fastening products. In addition to our wide selection, our knowledgeable staff will personally answer your questions and recommend techniques and products to help you get the job done right. We load all of our customer's orders, and offer convenient delivery services as well. We realize you have many choices for your home-improvement needs, and we want to show you what a difference custom service can make to the success of your projects.

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