Searching for a Good Plumbing Service

Searching for a good plumbing service? It is a not so easy thing to do. When an emergency plumbing situation arises, you have to keep in mind a researched plumber who could perform the job well so that the problem doesn’t arise again. So how to find a good plumber?plumbing repairs

A few steps must be followed to find a good plumber:

1. Looking for Plumbers or Companies:
First and foremost, you could take suggestions and recommendations from your neighbours or real estate agent. The lifeblood of many businesses is referrals. So, if your neighbour has entrusted upon a plumber, take it into consideration. Reference is always important. There are call based services as well as agents who specialize in providing contacts. Many plumbing services are also available online for you to choose.

2. Verification:
Judging an ideal plumber requires a verification of his past services. You can also browse the internet for good plumbers available near you, and read the reviews that people have given. The plumber must be qualified and licensed. Without a license, the credentials of the plumber are not verified. He may not be good at work and probably hasn’t learned much about it. It is of foremost importance.

3. The plumber should be insured:
The plumber must carry an insurance, or he could claim to be hurt while he is performing the job for you. An insured plumber will protect you and your property in some accident while repairing. Also, make note that in case of any unfortunate accident, you are not responsible for.

4. Plumbing Company:
If the plumbing company offering services has awards and affiliations, look for its authenticity. Contact with the company, and ensure yourself that there are employees to answer the call, and the company is licensed and reliable. Try to get more than 3 quotes for plumbing problems from the company. You must ask for a “worse case scenario” quote in case the plumber does not mention it. That will help you get the idea about stuffs people generally hide from customers. You must go through all the customer reviews of the plumbing company. You must read their Facebook or Twitter page to draw an idea of the reputation of the company. Choose good user-reviewed sites. Check if the company has long list of complaints. You must know what licenses are mandatory for plumbing services. Posing good questions to the company and a comparative study of two or more companies is the key. When you contact the company, you must ask this basic question that how long have have they been in service. The reputed companies always last because of their wide range of quality services.plumbing services and repairs

5. Prices, Discounts and Quotes:
Compare the prices for the same job of two plumbing companies. If you find more than a slight difference, call up the company which has priced the job high to ask why is the price level higher than the other company. Depending on the answer, make a judgement. Do not forget to ask about the guarantee. It’s important to know if there would be a money-back in case of dissatisfaction of customers, and service failure. Ask if the guarantee is limited in any way or is it written in your quote or not. Plumbers stating that they would tell you about the cost only when they have the job in front of them are risky to hire. An ideal plumber would provide the quote, without a hesitation. Your work doesn’t get over with the quote. You need to ensure that you get flat, fixed quotes, so that you would know exactly what the plumber will do. For reference, you could contact another technician like an A/C repairer or an electrician.
Choosing a good plumber is, indeed, a difficult task. Make sure you follow these important and basic tips, when you are in need of plumbing services. A bad plumber can make or destroy the health of the house you live in. Therefore, be as careful in choosing a plumber as in choosing a doctor. More on this website

Don't Wait To Make an Appointment for a Termite Inspection

Delay #1: Ordering the Termite Inspection Near Close of Escrow Date
There can be varying reasons why this happens, but the fact is, ordering a termite inspection when it is crunch time (near close of escrow) is best avoided.

First, getting an appointment usually takes 3 days. Preparing the termite report takes another day. If the property needs to be fumigated, expect another week. Consider also the preparations that are needed to do the fumigation. The property owner may have to look for a place to sleep for at least 2 nights. If there are pets, plants, food items there are preparations for these too.

Second, rush inspections are prone to mistakes. If everyone involved in the transaction is pressured to finish things in a hurry, there is a greater chance of committing errors. On the termite inspector’s part, these errors may be missing termite or dry rot damage, or leaving out anything that can have a potential significant monetary consequence, either by missing them while performing the inspection or when typing up the report.

Lesson: Ideally, order the termite inspection even before you open escrow or at least, immediately after you have opened escrow. This way, there will be less hassle from unnecessary pressures of rushing things and equally important, property owners know ahead of time the cost of the termite repairs for budgeting purposes.

Delay #2: Read and Understand the Termite Report
Given that there is a countless pile of paperwork needed in a real estate transaction along with the additional 9-page termite report with all the codes to be deciphered ex. 1A, 8B, 10D, etc., you can see that another potential bottleneck is to be ignorant of what the termite report says and knowing what the lender requires.

One common case is when a termite report says that there are water stains on the roof sheathing inside the attic or garage. The report says that although this is a Section 2 item, it recommends the stain checked by a licensed roofer. Since it is a Section 2 item, it is assumed that it does not have to be taken care of. Now it is 3 days until the close of escrow and suddenly the lender says that because of the water stain, the roof has to be certified by a licensed roofer. How are you going to deal with this?

Another common case is when a termite inspector does not have access to the walls of the garage because of storage and personal belongings. The law says that the areas that cannot be inspected or are inaccessible have to be identified on the termite report. Now it is almost the close of escrow and the buyer demands that the garage be thoroughly inspected. The seller obliges and sends out the termite inspector to inspect the previously inaccessible areas. The delay comes when and if the termite inspector finds infestation or damage in these areas that needs to be taken care of.

Lesson: It is best to understand the termite report by reading it and communicating with the inspector. Equally important, identify all potential causes of delay and act on it immediately.

Delay #3: Team up With A Reliable Termite Inspector
Note that I said reliable termite inspector and not necessarily a termite company. You may call a termite company because they are a nationally recognized company and you were impressed by their full-page ad in the yellow pages. However, you may end up with an inspector who does not want their uniforms to get dirty by climbing up inside the attic (this is not to say that there are not good inspectors in bigger companies).

Having a knowledgeable termite inspector as part of your team can drastically relieve you of unnecessary delays. The ideal termite inspector is one that has experience with real estate transactions and is a team player who gives importance to your schedules and timetable. Communication is also important in that the inspector should be able to explain the termite reports and estimates clearly.

Lesson: Teaming up with good, reliable people is one way to make sure of a smooth real estate transaction. It is not uncommon for real estate agents to work with a particular mortgage lender, escrow officer, contractor, title officer, etc. Ask your friends and co-workers and they may be able to point you to a reliable termite company or inspector with whom they have worked with.

Note: This article was intended as an overview only and thoroughness of the subject matter is not the main objective. It is always recommended to consult with a licensed inspector for more details.