How to Pick a Good Electrician
There is no shame in using expert services for even the most minor electrical jobs. Even seasoned DIY-ers do that at times when electrical tasks are at hand. Electrical wiring is one area where you will definitely want to be safe than sorry. So what should you do to find the right electrician or electrical contractor?
Seek referrals. Seek personal recommendations from people you know. Word of mouth is usually the best way to be ensure a successful job or project. You can also use the Internet, local newspapers or business directories to look for local electricians.
Call three or four and ask for full quotes so that you know how much you will be paying before the work starts. For instance, will there be a call-out charge or a per-hour rate? For example, do you pay an hourly rate or is there a call-out fee?You need to know, for instance, if you have to pay an hourly fee of if call-outs come with a charge. As well, check if the quote covers all the materials.
Don’t decide solely on price. See if the electrician or electrical contractor offers a work guarantee and will correct whatever is not up to applicable standards.
Choose a specialist. As with other trades and professions, there are areas that electricians and electrical contractors may choose to specialize in. Of course, you’ll want to hire one who is an expert in the specific type of job you need.
Find out if a prospect works independently or for a company.
It is typically more expensive to hire an electrician who works in a company. However, this can also come with the added confidence of knowing that the tradesman has been vetted properly and is in fact authorized to carry the name of its parent company.
Never hire an unlicensed electrician. Make sure the electrician you hire has a valid license for the jurisdiction where the work will be performed, and that they are registered.
Never hire an uninsured electrician, making sure they have both workman’s compensation and liability coverage.
Get client references. This need not rule out electricians with less experience. An electrician can be good even without such a long experience, but they must provide references from their training provider.
Find out with the Better Business Bureau if your prospective contractor or electrician has any complaints or negative comments about them.
Listen to your instincts.
If you have no background in electrical systems, ask a friend or relative who may have more expertise, so you can discuss matters with the contractor with more confidence. You have to make sure that they’re not overcharging you or playing you in whatever way.
Compare your prospects. Don’t feel limited to one potential contractor. Comparing options will give you a point of reference that you will be helpful in determining who works best for your needs and budget.