I’ve been recommended (by my British-born but local Bank counsellor) to a plumber with a British name who also lives locally. I have a malfunctioning lavatory cistern (it runs constantly) that I’m not up to fixing as it mounted en haut and there’s not much headroom if I scale a ladder, and my eyesight isn’t that good at 82,nor my manual dexterity what it was.
Two French plumbers have told me I need to replace the whole appliance including the cuvette which I know is just a try-on as everything except the cistern is in good order; replacement cisterns of the same type are widely available by most big brico outlets at around 40 E.
What questions should I ask the plumber to check he is properly set up to do business in France as a plumber? I don’t want to get involved in any unregulated or ‘under-the-table’ transactions. I am not wholly convinced that the recommendation given was above board, but don’t want to be seen as a shit-stirrer.
I generally steer clear of other local Brits, some of whom seem decidedly dodgy in their various enterprises…