“I need a gas fitter in South Auckland”. That’s the morning phone call I hear. I go down to the street to see what’s up. A gas leak! I’m about to call the gas company when I hear a loud hiss. A loud bang shakes the man on the line, and there’s a skid of metal behind him that makes the sound of a heavy truck.
“What happened?” he asks, sounding confused. I stay on the line for a while, trying not to panic, before saying, “I need a gas fitter in South Auckland”. He looks at me like I’ve gone completely insane. But I just nod, head for the door and he follows me out.
Before even getting out of the car, I already know what questions to ask any professional plumbing company – what’s their license? What about state of the art equipment? Is their work backed by a guarantee? Are their prices competitive?
To start with, it’s always a good idea to find out more about the license of any gas fitter in South Auckland. That way you can make sure they have the right licenses to service the area. Different companies might have different licenses. If they don’t have the right licenses, you might be safe in the knowledge that your plumbing needs could be in danger if they use substandard equipment. It’s a safety factor that many people overlook, but is so very important.
Once you’ve found a plumber that has the proper licenses, make sure you ask some important questions. If you’ve never dealt with plumbing before, you need to make sure that they are experienced in dealing with the particular problems you have, such as your clog. This is a huge mistake many people make – they hire a plumber who claims they know everything there is to know about plumbing, only to discover months down the line that they haven’t dealt with your particular problem.
It’s also a good idea to ask them how much their average home loan repayment is. As someone who has been in the position, I know what APR (annual percentage rate) is one of the most important factors when choosing any plumber. Obviously, you want to get a good deal on your home loan, but you also don’t want to end up paying more than you should. It’s in both your interests to get as much value out of your home loan as possible, however you also don’t want to overpay.
One last thing you should ask about is their level of commitment to helping you, their professionalism and their ability to work within your budget. A lot of companies will offer you a discount if you sign up for a fixed term, such as year’s end or a term of five years. While this sounds great in theory, it might not be in your best interests to sign up for this type of home loan if the gas fitter in South Auckland is charging you considerably more than the company you are considering. In New Zealand, most plumber charge a minimum of ten per cent per year on a new gas pipeline, and while it is tempting to try and negotiate lower interest rates, this may not always be the best course of action.
There are a number of other things to consider before you choose a gas fitter in South Auckland for your home loan. One of the best things is simply to do your research and find a company that will work with you, your needs and your budget. It is always easier to work with someone you already know has experience in your local area, but even then you should be able to get good results with local businesses. Once you’ve chosen a company and signed an agreement, you should always read the contract thoroughly and make sure you understand any hidden costs. Choosing Ross’s Plumbing is one of the best ways you can help yourself to save money on your gas bill in New Zealand.