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Questions to Ask Your Plumbing Contractor

Spring cleaning doesn’t just have to be clearing away the dust bunnies. Clear out old styles, worn out appliances, or old showers for the bathroom and kitchen of your dreams. Spring is a great time for bathroom remodeling and kitchen remodeling. Make it a quick, painless process by being prepared and knowing what questions to be ready to ask. Here is a list of questions to ask when talking to your plumbing contractor during your kitchen and bathroom remodeling project.

Questions to Ask Your Plumbing Contractor


Are You Licensed & Insured?

  • Always make sure your plumbing contractor is licensed and insured. Don’t be afraid to ask for proof of both to be sure and protect yourself and your property.

What Permits Does My Job Require? Will You Be Getting Them?

  • Make sure to discuss permits with all your plumbing contractor ahead of the project starting. It is important to be sure any permits needed are obtained prior to starting the project.
  • If your contactor is refusing to get the permit, it may be a sign that they are uninsured or unlicensed. Don’t be afraid to ask for proof of the approved permit before allowing them to start the job.
  • You may need permits to insure the work done will be covered by your homeowner’s insurance once it is completed. Permits also ensure any work done will be up to code.

What Kind of Work Can I Expect from You?

  • What time does your crew start and stop work?
  • Will you haul off any trash or debris or will I need to provide a dumpster?
  • Does your crew clean up at the end of every day?

What Is Your Expected Pay Schedule?

  • It is normal for a small deposit & up to 50% to be expected upfront. Be sure to find out before starting the project the full amount due and when it is due.

Do I Provide the Appliances and Furnishings or Do You?

  • Most of the time you will need to pick out and buy the appliances and furnishings for the project ahead of time. Items like the replacement shower, new tankless water heaters, sinks, toilets, bathtubs, dishwashers, ovens, ranges, refrigerators, etc. can be supplied by the plumbing contractor or yourself.

PRO TIP: Shop around for the best deal but take into serious consideration the suggestions your plumbing contractor gives you for both brand and models. You want the best for the best prices during your kitchen and bathroom remodeling project. Your plumbing contractor should be able to point you in the right direction.

What Does This Estimate Include?

  • Does this estimate include your hourly or flat rate?
  • Does the estimate include the full cost of materials?
  • Is this the full cost of this job?
  • What extra charges can arise?

What Warranties Are Available?

  • Ask your plumbing contractor if the work done is covered by any warranties. Having the peace of mind of warranties can prevent a lot of headaches if something goes wrong shortly after the completion of the project.

Does the Contract Cover Everything?

  • Make sure you read through and understand your contract before signing and starting the project. If you do not understand any part of the contract or are confused don’t be afraid to ask your plumbing contractor.

How Long Do You Expect This Project to Take?

  • You don’t want a job to drag out and end up costing you more money due to lack of communication. Make sure you get an estimated completion time frame so you can know what to expect.
When you’re ready to make your kitchen and bathroom remodeling dreams a reality, Call Todd at (989)-780-2963 to get started with a trustworthy, licensed, and insured plumbing contractor. We service the Bay, Huron, Midland, Saginaw, and Tuscola Counties of Mid-Michigan.

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