How much does a plumber cost?
There have been many articles written about the cost of trades and it’s a question that is part of every conversation with our customers – and rightly so.
We all want to know what we are up for when agreeing to engage a trade or service.
In this blog, we aim to break down some of the myths around plumbing costs and provide you with a basic understanding of how your next plumbing job might be structured.
Why can’t you just give me a price over the phone?
Unlike many businesses which can provide an instant price, plumbing can be a completely variable ball game.
The location of the job, ease of access to the affected area, age of the current plumbing, number of staff required and of course the actual type of plumbing required are all things to be considered. A ballpark figure can usually be provided but a more formal price is likely after a site inspection.
Lime Plumbing offers free quotes to our local customers.
What is fixed pricing?
Fixed pricing is about giving you an up-front figure for your job, providing peace of mind and transparency for the job ahead.
Most plumbing companies will offer this pricing structure for some of the more general plumbing jobs such as changing tap washers, hot water heater installation etc.
Fixed pricing is structured to cover a number of things such as the hourly rate (which will differ depending on the level and qualification of your plumber or tradesperson) materials, travel, insurances and more.
Some companies will charge a call-out fee, others will charge a one hour minimum fee.
Lime Plumbing’s fixed pricing structure is zoned into three categories – Regular, Difficult and, Loyalty for our repeat customers.
In some cases, your plumber may prefer to quote an hourly rate due to the type and length of work involved. This may be because there are unknown factors involved, meaning it may take longer and/or could be more difficult than expected.
Qualified, licensed plumbers will charge between $100 – $150 per hour depending on their level of experience (i.e. you’ll pay much higher for a Master Plumber than an apprentice plumber).
But I can get it cheaper somewhere else
As Benjamin Franklin once said, “the bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten”.
In other words, the cheapest price is not always the best.
If you get a quote from your intended plumber that is too good to be true, research them before accepting.
Ask for and check the license number, research the internet for reviews and make sure they are the real deal with ASIC.
Good plumbers will also only use products with the WaterMark certification scheme to ensure quality, long lasting materials in your home. The trade price and warranty that plumbers can obtain with their materials are far more beneficial than the cheap Aldi tap you’ve been able to score, so think twice before going out and purchasing your own materials.
We’ve noted some links below to another couple of articles on the subject:
- How much does a plumber cost? (www.hipages.com.au)
- How much do plumbers charge? (www.plumbingcosts.com.au)
Lime Plumbing is pleased to provide free quotes and no call-out fee to our local customers.
Call us on 0456 575 424 today to arrange a visit.