Where are the best deals, and who can you trust…
As a homeowner you are sometimes faced with emergency situations like a backed up sewer and you need to find a plumber ASAP, but you don’t really know any plumbers personally, so you have no choice but to look online or in the Yellow Pages for a local plumber.
How to Find a Local Plumber At-a-Glance
One of the best things about the internet is the fact that you can quickly separate the small contractor from the bigger plumbing companies by the look of their websites. Advertising budgets directly reflect professionalism or lack of it in the look and feel of a pipefitters website. This is one way of deciding what level of service you are willing to pay for.
Where to Look For a Local Plumber in Vancouver
There are endless ways to find a plumber online, and one of the best is to search through some of your local business directories like Yelp, WebLocal, or the online Yellow Pages. These citation sites are designed for a number of reasons. Besides being a revenue model, they also help search engines like Google confirm contact information, and they are a great resource for local plumbers.
Savvy plumbers will take the time to add their details in a number of these sites to get their name out there. Just because a plumber has a fancy logo, nicely done website and some whiz-bang graphics, it doesn’t mean they are the right guys for you.
There are two basic considerations when hiring a plumber – cost and quality of work. You know your criteria, so based on that you can afford, sort them based on the look and feel of their website.
One more thing to consider is how many associations they belong to. I like to do a quick search on the BBB to see if they have a paid membership and what their customer service rating is. If you are looking for a small service provider who might be willing to work under the table then you definitely want to look at the BBB ratings. Another place to look at for ratings is the Super Yellow Pages. Almost all local business directories allow customer experience ratings, which is probably their best attribute.
Too many black market plumbers will not back up their work. Sure you might save a few bucks, but in the long run it’s a real crap shoot when it comes to quality. So you decide. Pay the proper rates and have the resources to back you up if something goes wrong. Or take your chances and save a little by forgoing the receipt.