Having your plumbing remodeled can be costly because a well-established plumber East Brisbane is a professional who is required to receive training at a trade school, work as an apprentice, and apply for a license from the state or other relevant authority in East Brisbane.
That is not to say that plumbing remodeling projects ought to be done on a one-price-fits-all basis. As a savvy homeowner, there are a number of tricks you can use to make sure that the bill from your plumbing contractor fits your budget. Here are a few things you should know.
- A plumbing contractor typically costs less than an emergency plumber
Well-reputed plumbing contractors should be your first port of call for plumbing work such as repair of clogged shower drains and installation of new pipes for remodeling your bathroom.
A number of plumbers do both remodeling and emergency plumbing work as a matter of necessity. Therefore, in case you are shopping for a plumber on contractor matching services such as HomeAdvisor or Angie’s List, confirm that the plumbing service lists plumbing remodeling or contracting, as well as the emergency plumbing jobs it does.
Additionally, when you contact the plumbing service, be clear that you are not looking for an emergency job and that you are comparing estimates for a sizable plumbing remodel project.
- Doing your own plumbing, where possible, might save you some costs
According to the True Cost Guide on HomeAdviser, typical homeowners spent more than $1,000 in the installation of new plumbing pipes. Doing your own plumbing can save you that money, provided you have the inclination, curiosity and backup bathroom and kitchen facilities.
It is, however, important to note that there are some potential downsides to doing your own plumbing. First, the initial cost of buying all the tools needed for DIY plumbing might cancel out any savings you would have made by not hiring a professional plumber. Second, you’ll need to apply for and obtain a permit for plumbing. Finally, learning good plumbing can be time-consuming.
- Letting the plumber deal only with plumbing activities keeps the costs down
The plumbing contractor bill gets higher when you have the plumber East Brisbane do additional non-plumbing work in the same way a lawyer’s office may charge you extra for clerical work if you want them to do all your paperwork. Most well-established plumbing professionals are more than capable of doing additional work related to the plumbing. Such work includes draining flooded water, installing lights in dimly lit areas, removing debris, pulling out drywall to access pipes, etc.
If you can do any of the above activities prior to the arrival of the plumber, do them. Doing so will bring down your costs by limiting the work that the plumbing servicemen actually do.
- Provide the plumber with amenities
Allow your plumber access to some of your home’s amenities. For example, if you have more than one bathroom in your home, allow the plumbers to use it for the duration of your plumbing remodel project. Surprisingly, few homeowners allow the plumber to use their bathroom. Being hospitable may or may not inspire the plumber to give you a better rate, but it is still a nice thing to do.