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