Finding a plumber near me 2020 - Update
Updated: Aug 25
The trick to finding and keeping a local plumber
When searching for a local plumber on sites like Google, Bing and Yahoo be sure to take into account a number of things that ensure you contact a credible and reliable company.
Here we list a number of things to look out for when searching for a local plumber to help you find a reliable and trustworthy company to work on your homes plumbing and heating system.
Search for a local plumber
Let's start by choosing your search phrase wisely. No matter whether you're using Google, Bing, Yahoo, Duck Duck Go or anything other search engine that's popular you need to be particular with what you search for as a simple 'Bristol Plumber' search could pull up multiple companies that are dotted around the area, who might not even specialise in the work you require.
Using search phrases such as 'bathroom fitter near me' will focus your search on a specific trade, or job that you require. Saving you from wasting time calling companies that don't do the work you're after.
Check their reviews
Each search engine has their own review system, Google reviews is a popular one and always worth checking out as it will give you an idea of the recent work a company has done and how their customers liked (or disliked) their work. Other review sites are handy too, such as Trustpilot, Facebook, Yelp, Yell, Feefo and Reviews.
How does their website look?
Any reputable company who take pride in their professional image will have a good looking website with clear instructions on how to contact them, pictures of recent work and obvious terms and conditions and/or price lists. Any company who states their terms and conditions or prices should be seen as transparent and honest.
What sort of contact details do they give you?
A mobile number is all well and good, it's easy to call and gives you the option to text, but always look for a freephone number or a landline that gives the company more credibility. Another thing to take note of is an email address. Much like a credible website, an email address that looks like firstname.lastname@example.org gives more professional image than simply email@example.com.
Know what you want and what sort of budget you have.
It's good to have an idea of what exactly you're after and what you're looking to spend. For example, if you're in the market for a new boiler but only have a limited budget it's worth mentioning it, as you could receive multiple quotes that don't match because one plumber has quoted for a more expensive boiler, but the labour quality cheaper than another plumber who quoted for a cheaper boiler, but more labour. Therefore making themselves look cheaper than they actually are.
Another way to look at it is this; if you are looking for a new bathroom and are shopping around for products, there is no point a designer pricing in a £4000 bath if your entire budget is only £3000. There has to be a transparency between a client and a tradesmen in order for the relationship to work properly. Otherwise standards are lowered, corners are cut and quality is reduced, simply to be the cheapest and win the work. A better way of working with a tradesmen would be this. Find the person/company that you feel is best suited to you. By either referral, reviews or simply by meeting them when they come to view the work. Instead of picking the cheapest, explain the budget and what you want to achieve, then work with the company/person that is best suited and between you all, work to achieve the outcome desired within the allocated budget.