Why Is It So Difficult To Find A Good Electrician/Plumber?
Finding a reliable electrician or plumber can be challenging for homeowners.
One is that plumbers and electricians pretend to have a skill that most of us lack. After all, we wouldn’t need a good plumber or electrician in the first place if we knew how to fix a broken pipe or wire the unfinished bonus room plumbers.
Because of our ignorance, we are not only in need of their services but also susceptible to their theft, cons, and scams in addition to their shoddy work. To make matters worse, we typically call a plumber or an electrician because of an emergency. We often let our guard down in our desperation for their assistance, which increases our susceptibility to their sly tricks and underhanded practises.
Additionally, because of the nature of the industry, it is challenging to prosecute a dishonest plumber or electrician. The plumber or electrician can typically claim—and do so well within the law—that they completed all of your requests if you’re fortunate enough to discover them after they’ve defrauded you of your money; it’s their word against yours. When this happens, the plumber or electrician frequently moves on to their next victim, leaving the home owner helpless.
REFERRAL MADNESS – It can be challenging, but not impossible, to find a reliable electrician or plumber. The first step of the procedure is probably something you are already familiar with: ask around for a plumber or electrician. Referrals, on the other hand, tell a much more accurate story than newspapers, phone books, and websites, which can only contain lies and exaggerations. Even so, they are not infallible.
Because of this, finding a reliable plumber or electrician will require more than just getting a good recommendation from a friend or coworker. Additionally, there are six additional things you must complete. Research, writing everything down, developing a strong will, being ready, observing them at work, and being frugal with your money are the six things mentioned above.
THE RESEARCH IS ON: Once you receive a recommendation from a friend or reliable professional, you should get to work. You must first show evidence of the prospective plumber’s or electrician’s general liability and workers’ compensation insurance coverage. Call the insurance provider and request a Certificate of Insurance rather than relying solely on what they say. The most crucial thing you can do in your quest to find a good plumber or electrician is to obtain that certificate.
The next step is to call every reference you have, which should be at least six. You should also be aware of all the professional associations to which they are members. Next, spend some time researching online. Look up the name of the electrician or the plumber on Google to see what comes up. Researching that $50 MP3 player you use on the treadmill probably took you hours online. Why not conduct the same extensive research on the electricians and plumbers who will be working on your home?
Once you’ve done your research and decided on a plumber or electrician, make sure you both sign a comprehensive contract. The document should include ground rules for working in your home as well as a detailed description of what you want done (whether or not they can listen to the radio, whether or not they can use your bathroom, stuff like that). If it’s an emergency, you’ll obviously need to be adaptable, but you should still have something in writing.
The plumber or electrician has already done you a great favour if they object to the idea or try to talk you out of signing a contract. Just now, they eliminated themselves from consideration to be your plumber or electrician. Professionals are happy to sign a thorough contract because they understand how it will benefit both you and them.
HANGING TOUGH- Despite what you might think after watching the evening news and hearing the endless horror stories about how cruel some people can be, most people in the world prefer to stay out of fights. When everyone wants to sing “Kumbaya,” that’s great, but it’s not so great when a plumber or electrician is trying to con you out of your hard-earned money.
Some dishonest plumbers and electricians will try to touch your heart strings in an effort to win your business, get paid early, or simply get out of doing the job. Threats will be used by some if that fails. Don’t believe them if they claim to need their truck repaired or to have a sick child in the hospital. No professional would be so open about their life’s experiences. You must immediately call the police if they threaten you or your home in any way. If you ever take the criminals to court, you should present the judge with the police report detailing their threats against you.
To a plumber or electrician, you don’t need to be impolite or rude; all you need to do is be tough if they try to take advantage of you. When it comes to getting exactly what you want, being tough also helps. In addition to avoiding conflict, we also try to spare others’ feelings whenever possible. Feelings should be ignored, though, when it comes to plumbing and electrical work. Plumbers and electricians don’t work in the trades to get praise and feel-good vibes.
OPERATION PREPARATION: When there is an emergency, we frequently require the services of a plumber or an electrician. That doesn’t make the advice we’ve already given you invalid, but it does mean you need to be ready. Have the numbers for a plumber and an electrician saved up and ready to call in case something terrible (God forbid!) occurs. Your chances of getting taken advantage of and/or receiving subpar work will increase if you wait until a crisis and then hastily choose a plumber or electrician.
LISTEN, LOOK, AND WATCH Even though you’re not a plumber or an electrician, you can still keep an eye on what’s happening. While I don’t advocate watching over their shoulders, you should monitor their work, inquire about it, and, if appropriate, take pictures at various points throughout the project. Never forget that you are the only person who cares as much about your home as you do, not even the most skilled electrician or plumber.
IT’S ALL ABOUT THE BENJAMINS—Finally, you need to be aware of the golden rule when it comes to hiring not only an electrician or a plumber, but anyone else who works on your house: money controls the job. You will eventually have to pay them, and you might even have to pay some of the money up front, but once you do, all control is lost. Even when working with the most reputable electricians and plumbers, keep this in mind. When the job is finished to your satisfaction, only pay in full.