Encourage the Best Plumbers to Bid on Your Job

Many homeowners are selective when hiring plumbing companies, but did you know that contractors can also be choosy about which jobs they accept? This is because bids take time and money to prepare, and many plumbers have been taken advantage of by unreasonable homeowners. For this reason, when looking to hire a quality plumbing company, be sure to show them you’re the kind of customer they want to work with.

How can you encourage the best plumbing contractors to be interested in your job?

  • Show the plumbers you interview that you’re interested in a good value, not just the lowest bid. Often, the first questions that plumbing contractors hear from potential customers are about the cost of a job. You can show them you know what’s really important in a plumbing installation and repair by asking about quality products, knowledgeable installation, and overall value.
  • Be honest if you’re interviewing a few plumbers, but assure each that you’re accepting bids from a few select companies, not dozens.
  • Look for a local plumbing company. Most plumbers like to work in their local areas because it allows them to provide more timely service. It also helps you weed out less reliable plumbing contractors who travel long distances and install low-quality products.
  • Be upfront about your needs and desires for your plumbing project. The more you share with your plumbing contractor, the easier it is for them to give you a reliable bid, the right service and the follow-up you need.

Get a Contract That Protects You and Your Plumber

The contract should include the scope of the plumbing project, any items or services that are excluded, payment terms, the exact plumbing materials and products to be used, and any warranties and guarantees. Your plumber should be proud to install only the best plumbing products and materials. Often, especially with plumbing fixtures, you’ll recognize the brand names of the best manufacturers. You may pay more for these plumbing products initially, but installing quality plumbing materials can save you money in repairs and replacements in the future.

Once your plumber gives you a contract, read it entirely and be sure you understand all the terms and exclusions before signing it. This contract will protect you and your property, as well as your plumber, so never sign a blank or incomplete estimate. You may write in additional requests or verbal agreements you’ve come to with the plumbing company representative, including start and end dates, no-later-than clauses that stipulate the date by which all work must be completed, and any bonuses you want to offer for early completion.