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How to Avoid a Rogue Trading Plumber?

by Plumbing Partners on Thursday, September 06, 2012 11:39 AM
If you are looking for a reliable plumbing service for your home, try not to get ripped off by a rogue plumber. A rogue plumber is the one who charges a particular amount of money with a promise to provide a more than satisfactory service, but at the end, you actually find yourself at loss. If you are lookingfor a reliable plumbing service for your home, try not to get ripped off by arogue plumber. A rogue plumber is the one who charges a particular amount ofmoney with a promise to provide a more than satisfactory service, but at theend, you actually find yourself at loss. Some dishonest trade’s people aretrying to find new ways to make money, and this is one of their preferredmethods. They will take benefit of your weakness and will disappear before youget little hint. To keep yourself at the safe side, you need to follow feweffective tips that can help you to spot and avoid the rogue trading plumbers.

1. Only rely on a trustworthy source to find a plumber. You can use local paperclassified ads or yellow pages for reference.

2. Avoid any anonymous plumber who randomly comes and knocks your door. Apartfrom that, do not accept services from a plumber who fails to show properidentity. A plumber should be associated with a company or a professional tradeorganization that has specific address, landline number and website. Check ifthe plumber actually belongs to an association or organization. You will needthe identity card for that purpose. So, don't forget to ask for an identityproof.

3. An efficient plumbing service requires qualification and years ofexperience. You can also ask for their qualification certificates. An honestand authentic plumber won't mind to produce all the necessary credentials.

4. Always ask for a written quotation before the plumbing work starts and getthat singed by the plumber. A rogue plumber will hesitate to sign the quotationor any contract paper. But your task does not end here. Match the quotationwith at least 3 other quotations and try to identify if their quotation differstoo much from the others.

5. Don't get attracted by a very cheap quotation. That could be a trap to lureyou.

6. You should try to take help of your friend or the close ones for arecommendation. It is safe to refer the plumbing services recommended by yourfriends because they have seen their work.

7. Look for the warnings issued by the local council websites on rogue traders.Keep yourself updated.

8. Don't even think about paying them in cash. You should always refrain frompaying the whole amount in cash. Either go for part payment or pay the fullamount in credit. An authentic plumber would not demand for a cash payment; onthe other hand, a rogue plumber will insist to make the full payment in cash.

9. Ask the plumber about his experiences. Try to know where they have worked inthe past and ask for a list of clients they have worked for. A genuine plumberwill be able to provide you the names and contact numbers of the previouscustomers that are satisfied with their work.

10. Accept only company headed paper as a contract paper. A reliable plumbing service will haveno problem to provide that.

If you can remember to follow these helpful tips, you can save yourself fromthe scams. In case you suspect anything wrong, immediately report as a rogueplumber.

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