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Old 03-21-2012, 02:24 PM   #1
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water heater install: licensed plumber, handyman or big box store?


I have to have 4 water heaters replaced at our property for our tenants.
Should I hire a licensed plumber (local family business), a handyman or a big box store plumber?
I called around, and in CA the licensed plumbers will charge 1000-1300, big box store 900-1100.
Should I even bother to call a handyman? I am afraid to hire somebody NOT LICENSED, since they will be messing with gas... But I wanted to avoid the permit fees 165$/each water heater.
Who would you go with?

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I have to have 4 water heaters replaced at our property for our tenants.
Should I hire a licensed plumber (local family business), a handyman or a big box store plumber?
I called around, and in CA the licensed plumbers will charge 1000-1300, big box store 900-1100.
Should I even bother to call a handyman? I am afraid to hire somebody NOT LICENSED, since they will be messing with gas... But I wanted to avoid the permit fees 165$/each water heater.
Who would you go with?
A permit fee of $165 per water heater will be ALOT cheaper that a mega law suit when someone dies from an improper installation.

A LICENSED PLUMBER is what you need. Call the city and ask if they can reduce the permit fee because there is four water heaters. Have them done all about the same time, that way the inspector only has to come once. Some cities will reduce the fee.

As a landlord, I am fortunate to be licensed but, I do understand the problem with high permit and install fees but as I understand that is quite common in CA.

Good luck

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Got it. That's what I though.

How about which plumber? Sears plumber or a licensed neighborhood plumber? Sears seems to quote me less than that of a neighborhood licensed plumber.
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Got it. That's what I though.

How about which plumber? Sears plumber or a licensed neighborhood plumber? Sears seems to quote me less than that of a neighborhood licensed plumber.
I like to support my local merchants and businesses when possible.
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Got it. That's what I though.

How about which plumber? Sears plumber or a licensed neighborhood plumber? Sears seems to quote me less than that of a neighborhood licensed plumber.
As a landlord I would tell you that you need to make a network of people you know, plumbers, electricians, hvac, local lumber yard, ect. Build a relationship and they will always be there for you. Start using any ol' guy and you will never get timely service or when that pipe breaks and you need a plumber now, well you might have to wait. With all my customers that use me regularly and exclusive I will make every attempt to stop and go take care of them.

Basically, what I'm saying is use local and have open communication. If the plumber didn't do something you like talk to them and let them know what your expectations are.

Usually, the big box stores use tradesmen who can quite cut it in the trade but can make it just ok instead of right.
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