Finding a Good Electrician
Whatever the size of your electrical job, hiring an electrician is always the best option for you. Even DIY enthusiasts realize the danger of working with electrical wiring without the right knowledge and training.
Question is, how can we find a competent electrician? There are several out there, but what should we consider as we choose one? How must we even begin?
The best way to locate a good electrician (or any tradesperson) is word of mouth. Talk to your relatives and friends, and ask for referrals.
If you can’t get a recommendation for any reason, you can always go online and read consumer reviews.
Once you have three or four names, give each of them a call and ask them to give you estimates, so you know how much you’ll likely spend. Tell them you want details. For example, will they charge a flat rate or an hourly rate? All materials to be used, together with their individual costs, should be indicated in the estimate.
One of the most important questions you should ask a prospective electrician is whether they provide a guarantee for their work. If they do, insist it be on paper. Otherwise, look for another electrician. Trusting an electrician who can’t stand by his own work, is foolish.
A huge part of an electrician’s reliability is professional experience. That’s why you should always go for someone who has spent many years in this line of work. There are many new upcoming talents today, but for maximum safety, hire a veteran.
Find an electrician who focuses on the type of work you need. Generalists may be good for small jobs, but for something more extensive, such as wiring up communication equipment, you may need a specialist.
License and Insurance
Before you seriously consider a particular electrician, determine if he has a license to work in your state. If he says yes, ask him for proof and check if it’s not expired. Similarly, ask for proof of their workers’ compensation and liability insurance. Most certainly, both must be current. No one without a license or insurance is worth considering further.
Unless you started off with personal referral, ask for a few client references from every prospect. This will give you a good picture of the future of your business relationship.
Better Business Bureau
Finally, have a taste of your prospective electrician’s background by checking with the Better Business Bureau. However, keep an open mind. Some consumers are simply so hard to please. If you indeed find complaints, try to understand the case and the manner in which it was resolved. Then just go with your instincts. If you don’t feel so confident about hiring someone, don’t.