Tips for Saving Money When Hiring a Plumber

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May 27, 2013 by Flow Mechanical

We all know that money doesn’t grow on trees, which is unfortunate for those of us looking to complete renos, new plumbing projects, or emergency repairs, because all can be costly endeavours. Often, when clients call up plumbers in Toronto they can be surprised by prices. One reason why plumbing projects are so expensive are the cost of materials like copper and fixtures such as toilets. If you’re looking to minimize the cost of your plumbing project we have a few suggestions:

1. You may want to wait until there are several items your Toronto plumber can deal with at one time. Having someone come out on several different occasions will, in all likelihood, be much more expensive. Of course, if you require emergency repairs or service this may not be an option for you.

2. Look for plumbers in Toronto that offer free estimates. Save yourself the money that some plumbers charge just to take a look at your project or problem.

3. If you want to be sure you’re getting a fair quote your best bet is to compare quotes from two or three Toronto plumbers. Keep in mind that you’ll want to compare companies that have the same type of background and reputation for quality.

4. Cheaper isn’t always cheaper. What? That’s right, cheaper isn’t always cheaper. Unfortunately the old adage, you get what you pay for, is often true. You may find a plumber who offers you a bargain basement price, but if they can’t deliver on service and quality it’ll just end up costing you more in the end. No one wants to have to call out another plumber to fix the problems caused by the first, cheaper option.

5. Speak to your Toronto plumber about other ways you can save money, which includes looking at all the options for fixtures and materials. If you’re planning to purchase your own fixtures it makes sense to compare prices before you buy, as most professional plumbing contractors are able to get reduced rates on some fixtures and material. If you do decide to do your own shopping then please keep Point #4 in mind. Some cheaper faucets or other plumbing products are poorly made or missing necessary pieces and adapters that you’ll also have to buy, which will end up making the piece much more expensive than it originally appeared.

6. Be organized. Make a list of all the things you want taken care of and all the questions you plan on asking. The more time you can save your plumber the cheaper things will be for you in the long run. Have any material you are supplying ready when you say you will and be clear about both your timeline and budget.

7. Don’t be afraid to ask. While you have your Toronto plumber around it’s okay to ask a question or two that can help you prevent the need for costly repairs in the future. For example, if your plumber is taking a break don’t hesitate to ask for some tips on how to deal with your pipes in the winter so as to avoid an expensive burst pipe.

8. Get a yearly check-up. You go to the doctor, dentist, and mechanic on a routine basis, why not enlist the services of a plumber too? Wonder how calling a plumber out once or twice a year just to make sure everything is in order can actually save you money rather than costing you more? It’s really quite simple. Nipping any problems in the bud will in all likelihood be much cheaper than repairing any issues once they’ve gotten out of hand. Prevention is one of the best ways to save plumbing dollars.

Flow Mechanical has the expertise for all your plumbing and mechanical needs, including both commercial and residential projects. Services include rough-ins, finishing, gas lines, and emergency repairs in Toronto and the GTA. Call for your free estimate now!


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