What To Ask A Plumber When Hiring a Contractor

hire a plumberWhen the time comes to hire a plumber for a home improvement project, asking a few well placed questions can help you decide if this is someone you’ll feel comfortable working with. We’ve listed three sets of questions as a guideline.

Plumbers Credentials

  • Are you licensed and bonded, and do you have professional insurance?
  • Will the person you send have his Journeyman papers or if not, will a Journeyman inspect the job once it’s done?
  • Are you a member of any professional association or the BBB?
  • Did you have formal training in a trade school, or did you learn your trade through an apprenticeship?
  • How long have you been in business?
  • Can you give me a few references I can contact?

Quality Of Work And Pricing

  • Do you guarantee your work, and if so can I get that in writing?
  • Will I need a permit for this job?
  • Can you give me options for materials or any appliances that might need replacing?
  • How long do you think this will take?
  • Can you give me an estimate over the phone?

(Keep in mind you will be charged a call out fee if the plumber shows up in person for an estimate and you do not hire him.)

Plumbing Client References

Don’t be shy about asking for references. This extra step will take you some extra time calling past clients, but can be a real confidence builder.

  • Were you happy with the how the job turned out?
  • Was the job finished on time?
  • Did the project have any budget overruns?
  • Would you hire this plumber again?
  • Would you recommend this contractor to a friend?

If you know someone personally who can give you a referral for a good licensed plumber in Vancouver that’s the best way to go of course, but sometimes you’re on your own. So if that’s the case we hope this check list will be helpful. If you live in the lower mainland BC call the guys listed here.

K.C.’s Plumbing and Heating Ltd
1896 Kingsway
Vancouver, BC V5N 2S7
(604) 873-3753