How to Choose an 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.
The question is, how do we find a good electrician? Though there are plenty out there, what are the things to be looked into as we make a choice? How do we even start?
The best way to locate a good electrician (or any tradesperson) is word of mouth. Approach your friends and relatives and ask for recommendations.
If you can’t get a recommendation for any reason, you can always go online and read consumer reviews.
As soon as you’ve gathered three or four prospects, call them each, asking for quotes so you have an idea how much you could spend for your project. Ask for details. Do they charge a fixed rate or an hourly rate, for instance? All materials to be used should be included in the quote, alongside their individual costs.
One of the most important questions you need to ask your potential electrician is whether they provide a work guarantee. If they do, then it must be on paper. Otherwise, find another prospect. You can’t trust an electrician who can’t trust himself.
A huge part of an electrician’s reliability is professional experience. Hence, it’s preferable to choose somebody who has been around for some time. There are lots of new talents emerging today, but if you want to be totally sure about your safety, go with an established electrician.
Choose an electrician whose expertise is focused on the kind of work you need. It may be fine to hire a generalist for a small job, but for the big ones – for example, setting up a communication system – get 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. Definitely, both should be current. No license or no insurance is a red flag.
Unless you began with a personal referral, ask for client references from each of your prospects. This is the best way to picture your future business relationship.
Better Business Bureau
Finally, check with the Better Business Bureau to find out about any complaints that your prospective electrician may have under his name. However, stay open-minded. There are consumers who just want to make a fuss. If you do find complaints, know what the case is all about and how it was resolved. Then just go with your instincts. If you’re not so confident about one electrician, move on to the next one.