While there are plenty of things that can go wrong during home improvement plumbing projects, we’ve put together this short list of 3 things to avoid when choosing your San Bruno home improvement plumber. As a leading choice for locals looking for an expert San Bruno home improvement plumber, our team has compiled these common pitfalls based on what we’ve seen or heard from customers who came to us after having bad experiences in the past.
As you read on, it’s important to remember that a lot is at stake when you undertake a home improvement projects. In fact, in some nightmare scenarios, if a home improvement plumbing project goes really poorly it can even end up causing damages or loss to property value. For these reasons, we think it’s critically important that you avoid these three common mistakes.
Mistake #1: Trying to Handle a Tough Project Yourself
We know that no one likes hearing that they can’t do something themselves, but the unfortunate reality is that most residents in San Bruno simply are not plumbing or construction experts, and therefore are ill-equipped to successfully plan and complete a significant home improvement plumbing project such as a bathroom remodel.
In many cases, it ends up not being cost-effective to try to complete such a project on your own, especially if you need to spend a lot of time and resources on research, materials, tools, and fixing any mistakes that may occur along the way.
In just about every scenario, it’s far less of a headache to choose a professional plumbing team like ours at Performance Plumbing, who has the right experience and knowledge to get the job done right the first time.
Mistake #2: Choosing Unqualified Help
Deciding that you need professional help is a good starting place, but there’s a bit more research and consideration you’ll want to do to make sure you hire the right plumber.
First, check for a license. At Performance Plumbing, we’re proud to have obtained and maintained our professional license, which shows that we’ve proven our legitimacy to the government of California by submitting proof of our knowledge and expertise as well as successfully passing criminal background checks.
Stay away from unlicensed help like Craigslist posts or temporary laborers, as both come with no guarantees of knowledge, experience, and even clean criminal records.
Next, make sure you check out the Yelp pages of any plumbers you consider. Choice a plumber with a strong reputation on Yelp both in terms of overall rating and specific stories posted by customers, like what you’ll find on our Yelp page at Performance Plumbing.
Stay away from plumbers with negative ratings or horrible customer stories posted, as you’ll want to avoid becoming yet another part of this negative legacy.
Mistake #3: Not Taking Advantage of Asking for a Free Estimate in Writing
These days, pretty much every plumber in San Bruno should be willing to give you a free estimate up front with no obligation for you to accept or start work.
No work should start until everything has been clearly explained to you, and you shouldn’t be afraid to ask for the estimate in writing, which should cover the scope of work, the costs involved, and the time involved.
While a great plumbing team like ours at Performance Plumbing almost always delivers exactly to these initial estimates, don’t worry if things are off by a small amount when the project is done — this estimate is mostly to safeguard you from exploitative or dishonest plumbers who may try to excessively charge you at the last minute. Having the estimate in writing will help give you something to fall back on, should you need it.
Ready to get started or just need more information? Give us a call or send us an email today and we’ll be happy to get you pointed in the right direction!