There are practical stuffs you need to begin before the job starts as with any contractors you would hire. For plumbing services, here are some questions that you could ask a plumber before hiring him or her:
- Are you Licensed?
This is the most important one. Always remember to ask this question. Do not just take the word of the plumber for it. A lot of plumbers work without a license. However, a lot of homeowners assume each plumber needs to have one. That is why this question is always worth asking. Having a license means that a plumber is registered with a governing body at the local level or state.
What is wrong with a plumber that is not licensed? Well, his job might not pass inspection and you would have small recourse since you decided to hire him or her despite the truth.
- Is this the overall cost?
Most expert plumbers in OKC provide free quotes to customers. However, be careful of anyone want to provide you one over the phone. Almost every professional come to inspect out the job before they begin work. Ask if what he has estimated you include contingency for any issues, labor, and materials. Several quotes look good on paper. However, most of them only include the basic material cost and would dramatically increase as the work goes on.
- Is this a flat or hourly rate?
A lot of plumbers create clauses into a contract that say homeowners would bear any costs that are reasonable to complete the work. Ensure to ask if the total you are being estimated is a flat rate or if the plumber is using an hourly rate when getting a quote. The problem with the latter option is that even if the materials are a fixed cost, the cost would keep increasing while you pay for the labor if the work runs long. Ensure that you know what you are getting before signing a contract.
- When do you want payment?
Ask the plumber when he expects to be paid and how much is the cost upfront. Walk away if the potential plumber asks for 100% payment before the work begins. Several would use a “milestone” system – you would be required to pay a particular percentage once a particular piece of work is done. Several would use time – you would pay a particular portion of the overall cost after a particular number of weeks. Oftentimes, milestones are better because the payment is given out only upon the completion of particular tasks. Time payments could also work. However, you might be paying too much for too small if the plumber slowly works.
- Who is doing the job?
Expert plumbing companies usually hire more than 1 plumber. They might use a team of workers for huge projects. Always ask if the plumber providing you the estimate is the one doing the job. Ask who would be doing the work if he says no. Also, ask the experience level and qualification he has.