A good plumber will be accredited with the relevant trade associations.
It is perfectly acceptable for you to ask to see proof of this before hiring someone to undertake work on your property.
To make sure you cover all the bases, here are five key questions to ask before hiring a plumber.
- Can I see your credentials?
Any reputable plumber will not be fazed by this question.
It is quite right that before letting someone into your home, you know who they are, and that they are qualified.
For example, we frequently use local plumbers, J&P who are based Earlsfield. We trust them always because they are fully qualified and registered with the relevant governing bodies. Check them out here.
- Do you have proof of insurance?
No reputable plumber should mind being asked for proof of insurance.
Liability insurance will protect you against problems for which the plumber is at fault, including property damage.
- How much will the work cost?
The last thing anyone needs when dealing with a plumbing crisis is unexpected costs.
Ask your prospective tradesperson for a quote with a fixed price, including VAT.
- Who will be doing the work?
If you go through a company or agency, it is important to know who is coming to your home to undertake the work, for security reasons and peace of mind.
- Are there any additional costs I should know about?
Because the cost is such an important aspect in choosing a reliable tradesperson, it is always helpful to double-check before arranging for someone to visit, as something might have been missed or overlooked.