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Saving Money On Plumbing Calls

At some time or another everyone needs the help of a plumber to solve a problem within the home. However, there are a few common mistakes that many homeowners make with plumbers. One involves comparing plumber’s by their hourly rates and the other involves the failure to minimizing the need for a plumber before picking up the phone and calling them. Both situations can be dealt with in a way where you will save yourself money on your next plumbing call.

When it comes time to call a plumber, many homeowners make the mistake of selecting a plumber based on their hourly rates. This isn’t the best way to shop around for a plumber because hourly rates are often misleading. The better route to take would be to select a plumber based on customer satisfaction. Below are the three main reasons why hourly rates can be misleading.

  1. Experienced plumbers charge a higher hourly rate. At first you may be alarmed by the higher cost per hour, but it is important to keep in mind that an experienced plumber knows how to resolve a plumbing issue in the most cost-effective way. Not to mention, they have enough experience under their belt to know what the best solution is and how to permanently resolve it on the first try. Choosing a plumber with a lower hourly rate may save you money at first, but the chances of you having to call in another plumber to fix what the first one didn’t fix correctly are high. You usually end up saving yourself money by paying a higher hourly rate for a more experienced plumber who will take care of the problem on the first try.
  2. Reliable plumbers generally charge a higher hourly rate. Many homeowners are forced to sacrifice their time and money in order to meet a plumber on a scheduled day and time. You may be losing money for having to call off work, or you may have had to cancel important plans in order to get your plumbing squared away. Either way, it is greatly appreciated when a plumber shows up when they say they will. This means you can plan your day around that set time and things run smoothly for you. Experienced plumbers have respectable scheduling and communication practices, but this level of customer satisfaction comes with a price. Take this into consideration before you make your next call to a plumber because it might just end up saving you time and money.
  3. All plumbers charge customers in order to compensate for driving time. A big part of a plumber’s day is spent driving from one job to another and in some way or another they need to be compensated for this time. This compensation generally comes in the form of a flat service charge to each bill, a premium for the first hour, or a charge to the customer from the moment that plumber leaves their last job. These various charging methods make the hourly rates confusing and misleading. It is in your best interest to ask a plumber on the phone how his rates work before you see the surprise on your bill.

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