Question:

How can I save money on a plumber?

Buy your own fixtures

One way you can save money on a plumber is to buy your own fixtures. For the most part, plumbers prefer to sell you the toilets, sinks, faucets that they install. Good business types that they are, they buy stuff at a discount and charge you full price. It's not just about making money off you, however. The plumber needs to cover the costs of dealing with such things as purchases, returns, storage. Things are changing in this regard lately, though home center stores like Home Depot and Lowe's are now selling plumbing supplies at rock-bottom prices. So now plumbers are shopping more and more at the same stores you do. If you have the time to shop around, you can save money by purchasing your own plumbing fixtures.

Having said that, there are a few things you should look out for. One is: you get what you pay for. Sadly, and typically, the lower priced fixtures are no bargain. They can be poorly made and missing adapters, install kits, and other items necessary for completing the job. So beware. Shop wisely, and well. Another potential headache could arise if the something goes wrong with the fixture after the plumber installs it.This could lead to questions of culpability. You can avoid the confusion, animosity and finger-pointing by checking with the plumber beforehand about the brands he recommends and then buying them. Checking with the plumber first will prevent a third problem. Every plumbing product or line of products comes with its own installation idiosyncrasies. Choosing a fixture that your plumber knows and loves will ensure that a happy result.

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