By Gene and Katie Hamilton
All licensed plumbing contractors are plumbers, but not all plumbers are licensed. A plumbing contractor can have other (sometimes unlicensed) plumbers working under his or her license. To find a plumber to replace a bathroom faucet, ask friends and neighbors for a referral, use the Yellow Pages or use a search engine like Bing, Yahoo or Google. Type "plumber in (your city)" in the search box or search for a contractor referral service. Another option is to buy the bathroom faucet at a home or kitchen/bath center where an installation service is offered. Usually there is a tag on the fixture indicating "installed price" Most stores offer the traditional cash-and-carry price as well as the installed price that covers installation. The retailer arranges for a plumber to do the installation and is responsible for both scheduling the job and of course, your satisfaction.
Here are the basic points that should be included in a written contract with a plumber to replace a bathroom faucet:
- Description of the work to be completed with a detailed list of the faucet to be used (brand name, style, finish, and other specifications, including exact materials)
- Cost of material and all warranties from the manufacturer
- Cost of labor and amount of deposit, if required
- Job installation date