When it comes time to call a plumber for repairs or installation of new plumbing in your home, you want to make sure you understand all the costs involved before agreeing to have the work done. At Travis & Sons Plumbing & Rooter, we always provide a written estimate before you agree to any work. Getting a detailed estimate upfront is key to avoiding any surprises or disputes down the road. Here’s why you should always get a written estimate before signing a contract for plumbing services.

Know What You’ll Owe

When you request an estimate from a plumbing company, they will assess the situation and scope of work needed, then provide you with a detailed breakdown of parts, labor charges, fees, and taxes. This allows you to know exactly what your final bill will be so there are no confusing added costs after the work is complete. Having a clear estimate helps you budget appropriately and avoid sticker shock.

Compare Provider Options

With estimate amounts from multiple plumbing contractors in hand, you can easily compare your options. You may find that one provider is more affordable or provides better value for the types of services you need. Having estimates to contrast allows you to make the best choice for your budget and needs. Going with the first plumber you talk to without comparison shopping could end up costing you more.

Avoid Surprise Upcharges

Unfortunately, some dishonest plumbers may tack on vague fees or additional work charges after finishing the original job scope. But if you have a detailed prior estimate accounting for all parts and labor, unfair upcharges are much less likely to occur. Make sure any subsequent costs are explained and approved by you first. An estimate serves as your protection.

Establish a Fair Price

Reputable plumbing companies will stand behind their initial quote, but the estimate process allows room for compromise if certain costs don’t align with your budget. By reviewing the estimate together, you can establish a fair price that works for both parties before signing a contract, rather than haggling after the work is done.

Ask Questions Upfront

Estimates provide the perfect opportunity to clarify any parts of the project you’re unsure about and address concerns. You can ask why certain parts or methods are recommended and how long the plumber expects the job to take. Estimates open the door for transparent communication, so there are no issues to crop up later down the line. Clear understandings make for better client-contractor relationships.

Compare Warranties

When reviewing estimates from different plumbing companies, be sure to compare what kind of warranties they offer on parts and labor. Most will guarantee their workmanship for a certain period of time. However, some companies provide longer and more comprehensive warranties covering both labor and any manufacturer defects in parts used. Understanding what coverage comes with their services can sway which estimate you deem as the best value. Don’t hesitate to ask questions about what scenarios would void the warranty as well. Comparing warranties protects you long after the job is done.

While an estimate isn’t set in stone, it does offer you protection and transparency. Before hiring any plumbing company, take the time to request and carefully review a detailed estimate. This ensures you can invest in your home repairs or upgrades with full confidence in what they will cost.