For most people, if they have heard the name of a plumber many times over the years, they feel that the company must have an established reputation.
Unfortunately, this is often untrue.
In the plumbing field, in particular, several of the most highly promoted companies have the worst track records.
A problem with the hourly rate is that it is difficult to compare rates because of the many ways plumbers count the hours.
Travel time is a factor that should be considered. Plumbers spend a good part of their day driving from job to job. They must be compensated for this time. This is one reason why it is often best to choose a LOCAL plumber that is reputable and reliable.
If the plumber is not traveling far, their rates should reflect that fact.
The bottom line is that it is very difficult to make objective comparisons between two plumbers’ hourly rates. But there is an even bigger problem with focusing on hourly rates. The issue of quality should always be considered. The best way to select a plumber is on his overall ability to deliver customer satisfaction consistently.