Plumbing And Heating
As any homeowner knows, it costs a lot to purchase and maintain a home. Among those costs, plumbing and heating can be some of the most dramatic. To save money, look for plumbing and heating supplies online, and then be vigilant when it comes to choosing a contractor, if you need one. When seeking out a contractor, you should first try to get a reliable referral from family or friends. They can tell you exactly what to expect and how much you're likely to spend. Or, try getting a recommendation from a local trade organization or agency. Second, be sure that they are licensed, and get their state contractor licensing number. This can save you lots of headaches in the long run, as non-licensed work, even if not caught, can keep your home from selling in the long run. Third, always ask to see their insurance certificates and make sure they're current. The last thing you need is to be responsible for someone hurting themselves while doing work on your property. They should carry both workman's compensation and general liability for bodily injury and property damage. Fourth, ask the potential contractor how long they've been in business. Ten years or more under the same company name is a great sign, while five years or more with the same name is acceptable. If it is a new business or has changed names a lot (often a sign of lawsuit history), be wary. The same goes true for the company's address. Make sure they've been in a permanent location and have an address and reliable phone number. Finally, get at least five recent work references from customers who have used this company for plumbing and/or heating work in the last year and never pay them more than 33 percent upfront, period.