Maybe you've decided that modifying your home is better than moving in today's shaky Real Estate market. Or perhaps you just want a fresh new touch to the place where you hang your hat. Whatever the reason for remodeling your house, one thing is for sure - you'll want to do it the smart way, especially if the job involves new plumbing. And how do you remodel smart?
Well, if plumbing is involved, the first line of action is getting three quotes. There's an excellent chance each of the three plumbers will have a different take on the project. Getting a variety of quotes will lay all the possibilities out so you can make the best possible choice. Naturally, you'll want your ears wide open for their ideas. Once you've assimilated all the info, you'll be in a great position to decide which suggestions work best for your needs.
When new fixtures are being installed, it's a real good idea to get a set price for the job. And make absolutely sure all of the fixture model numbers are clearly presented on the contracts. Can you imagine what would happen in the unlikely event a plumber installed the wrong fixture? You'll have no idea where to lay the blame. You could spend forever and a day arguing about who should accept the responsibility. That why you'll want to get it all spelled out in writing before you commit to a project.
Naturally, you'll want to save all the money you can. But securing the lowest hourly rate isn't necessarily the best way to do it. A much better strategy is selecting a proven professional who has an excellent track record, as well as a variety of money-saving techniques that get the job done with maximum efficiency.
If you have the time and the inclination to buy your own fixtures, there are three things you should be aware of:
Many low-priced fixtures are missing components or are poorly made. So keep your eyes wide open when you shop.
Get a brand recommendation from your plumber. That way, if something goes wrong with the fixture, your chosen professional hopefully will share some of the responsibility.
Each product line has its own installation issues. A plumber already familiar with a particular brand will know exactly what to do during the installation process. This product familiarity will probably save hours of time and therefore money in the long run.
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