I often hear people complain how difficult it is to find a plumber in my local city of Encino. Many gave tried several different services and had problems such as the plumber not arriving on time (or not at all), not doing the job correctly, not cleaning up after themselves, making things worse and the most common problem I hear, overcharging for simple jobs.
The problem is that many people simply just call the first plumber they find, either in the local paper or, more commonly now, on the internet. This is simply not the way to do this task, and can lead to all the problems I stated above. There is a better way.
To find the best plumber in Encino, or the city where you live, you simply need to use the tools available to most of us. Yes, the internet and the websites we can find using simple searches on our favorite search engine such as Google.
But what about personal recommendations I hear you say. That’s a great start if someone you know and trust can recommend a plumber as most will only vouch for service providers if they have, in fact, done a good job in the past, The thing is, you should still perform your own due diligence and make sure the person coming into your home to fix your pluming or repair your property is the right one.
First of all, you should really forget about the local magazines and publications of local companies such as the yellow Pages. These are all advertisement and you want to pick a plumber based on their work and not how well some advertising agency made a slick looking newspaper ad. No, the place to look is the internet.
The next places you should ignore are directly sites. Forget about sites such as Craig’s list or other directory listings as these, again, do not show any feedback, they are simply advertisements.
The best two places to find yourself a plumber is on Angie’s List and Yelp. On these sites you can see the reviews left by real people – most of the time. Now, I say most of the time because there have been companies caught getting fake reviews left on Yelp. The good thing is that these are pretty much easy to spot as they are usually on yelp profiles that have no other reviews.
The other place that has reviews will be the plumbers Google Plus page. Simple type your city name and “plumber” into google and you will see a list of results in a map and a list of results on the left side of the page showing plumbers contact details and the number of reviews they have. If they have reviews you can read them on their profile.
Once you have found several local plumbers that have good reviews and rated well, ho to their website of each of them and check out the services they offer and make sure the contact information is the same as where you found them. From this you can make a short list or 3 or 4 you want to contact.
The final part is to call the plumbers to get a quote. They should offer free quotes with absolutely no obligation. On the phone, ask about their rates and services and simply get a feel for the, then, pick the one that you feel you would like to try and schedule your appointment.
As you can see, picking a local plumber need not be rocket science and all you have to do is use the tools are your disposal, perform a few checks, and you will definitely find one that will get the job done right and for the right price.
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