Wednesday, 16 March 2011 7:22 PM
Carrying out home improvements on your property - such as replacing pipes, fitting a new heater and installing a bathroom suite - can be a daunting task, particularly if you have little experience of doing DIY jobs.
As such, you may want to consider hiring plumbers to do this work for you. Doing so not only means that you will not have to get your hands dirty in attempting what can be quite challenging and complex projects, but could also help you to save time and money.
If you're not quite sure what you are supposed to be doing while trying to do plumbing work yourself, you may find that it takes you far longer to complete a job than if you called on the services of recommended tradesmen.
There is also the possibility that you may botch the job if attempting to do it yourself and consequently have to call out a plumber at a later date to fix the mess you made.
However, by getting a qualified, reputable tradesman to do your job from the very beginning you can be confident that any work done on your home will be carried out to a high standard.
But how can you be sure that the plumber you are getting in for the job is of a reputable standard?
Whether you're looking to get a new shower unit installed or simply want water saving features installed in your property in order to transform it into an eco house, it is important that you first do a little research into who you hire to do the job for you.
If you need work on your home to be done in a hurry you may well be tempted to automatically call the number of the first plumber you find online or in the phone book. However, by doing so you may find that you do not pay a fair price for the work that needs to be carried out.
There are few things more frustrating than discovering there are plumbers out there who can do the work you need to the same standard for less money than the amount you paid for it.
For this reason it is important that you ask a number of plumbers for a quote for the work you want doing to your home before choosing one. This way you can get a rough idea of how much the job will set you back - something that could be particularly important if you're on a tight budget - before it comes to the time where you have to take out your credit card or chequebook to pay.
You will find that plumbers charge for work in different ways. Some may opt to offer you a fixed price for the whole job, while others might charge an hourly rate. Whichever it is, you should endeavour to find this out before making a decision about hiring.
When weighing up costs, it's also worth your while to find out whether a quote includes the price of materials or if these need to be paid for separately.
The particular task that you need a plumber to do should also have an impact on your decision about who to hire.
Some specialise in fitting new boilers and heating systems, while others may be experts at installing bathroom suites. A plumber's level of skill and experience in the kind of work you want doing should play a key role in who you choose.
Your decision could be guided by what qualifications and accreditation a plumber has. It is important to go for a reputable worker who will be capable of doing the work you need. When looking for tradesmen it may be an idea to check whether they are a member of organisations such as the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering, as well as being on the Gas Safe Register.
All tradesmen who do work on gas appliances and systems are legally-bound to be on the register, so if you want a new boiler fitted to your home it is important that you check the plumber you are looking to hire is a member of this before giving them permission to carry out work.
You may want to use the internet as a tool in finding a plumber. In doing so you may be able to view reviews and recommendations about their work from other people who have used their services in the past to help inform your decision about who you should hire.
No matter how go about finding a plumber in your area, it is crucial to opt for a tradesman you can trust to do the work you want.