May 13, 2013 by Flow Mechanical
Rate – How does the plumber price his jobs? Whether the contractor is giving you a fixed quote for the entire job or works by hour, it’s better to know up front. While any plumber you hire should be clear about their timeline, services and price, it’s also your job as the client to ask as many questions as possible and get a detailed quote in writing prior to having work start for any larger job. This includes establishing who will supply what. For example it’s important to determine whether the quote includes finishing fixtures like faucets and toilets or whether you’ll be supplying those yourself.
Deposits Aren’t The Sign of a Bad Plumber – Some think that any contractor who asks for a deposit is either a) shady or b) unprofessional. We’ve heard many claim that a company should have the cash flow to cover the material for any new job. And they should, and many do. Yet, just as many companies and homeowners get burned when dealing with contractors in the GTA, so to do these professionals. As long as your Toronto plumber’s credentials and references check out don’t balk at handing over a reasonable deposit, just as you would when ordering appliances or furniture.
Full Service – You’re likely best served to find a Toronto plumber who can offer you the widest range of services possible. Look for a mechanical company that handles both commercial and residential projects; rough-ins, finishing work and service calls, including things like computerized camera snakes to quickly identify the source of problems.
Free Estimates – Most reputable plumbers in Toronto and the GTA will offer free estimates.
The Intangibles – At the end of the day you have to be comfortable with the person you hire to come into your home or business. Even if a plumber’s references are flawless, but you somehow feel you haven’t hit it off then we recommend moving on. You want to find a plumber who you feel comfortable with and who is willing to take the time to address any questions or concerns you may have.
Affordability – Creating a budget before looking for a plumber is recommended, although this number may have to be revised if it’s not realistic for what you’re looking for. While everyone wants the best value for their dollar you must also remember that you get what you pay for. The cheapest option is often not the best one. When looking for your Toronto plumber keep your eyes open for a company that provides you with a fair quote.