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      Money Talks News: Tricks of the Trade: Plumbers

      Adrian's been a plumber for a long time and he takes pride in his work. But he knows not every plumber is like him.

      "Whether it's the technician showing up on time or at all." "Other times, it's just shoddy work, being charged high rates or normal rates and just doing work that's not up to the industry standard."

      Now obviously we hope that most plumbers aren't out to scam you, but you know that there might be some that are.

      How do you separate the good apples from the bad? Well, here are some things to look for.

      Start with two things you can easily find online:

      "You want to make sure they're licensed and insured, first of all. You want to make sure that they work fora reputable company."

      Next, have the plumber see a complicated job in person before giving you that quote. And beware of higher prices in more in affluent neighborhoods.

      Read online reviews and always get at least three estimates.

      Be aware of bait and switch. You know what that is - you're sold something high-end and you're delivered something cheaper.

      So make sure you're recording these makes and of everything that you're buying and then make sure that you're getting exactly what you paid for.

      Another trick of the trade? Low-balling. Beware estimates way lower than others. You might end up paying more in the long run.

      Finally, never prepay. Reputable plumbers don't expect final payment until the job is final.

      Bottom line? Every business has tricks of the trade. There's nothing wrong with that. But if you're aware of them, you can be a smarter consumer and maybe keep a little more money in your pocket.

      Want more information? Just go to moneytalksnews.com and search for "Tricks of the Trade."

      For Money Talks News, I'm Stacy Johnson.