How much should I pay the plumber?
November 14, 2006 5:03 PM Subscribe
How much would a generic plumber charge to fix a generic toilet problem? Looking for a price range.
posted by ohio to Work & Money (5 answers total)
We act as administrators for the estate of a low-functioning relative. He called to say that his toilet was broken and that he had called a plumber to come fix it tomorrow morning. This relative lives on his own, but the money comes from us: we'll have to poney up for this plumber, who is in theory all set to come. I'll be heading up there tomorrow morning with a blank check to inspect and and pay if the job is done well.
Here's the sticking points-
1) I have no idea what a toilet repair costs- we've always done it ourselves. What would be a fair range, given that we don't know yet what the problem is? Alternately, what is a fair price for various procedures?
2) It is possible that a workman will try to take advantage of the low-functioning relative (it's happened before, and that's why I'm going). What to look out for?
3) The relative lives in absolute filth. We go and help clean once a year, but he won't clean in the interim. When we do clean, we literally use snow shovels to get the junk out. Do workmen charge premiums for having to enter such houses?
Thanks for the help!