How to Choose an Electrician
No matter how big or small the electrical job is, an electrician is always the best person to do it. Even DIY enthusiasts realize the danger of working with electrical wiring without the right knowledge and training.
The question is, how can we find a reputable 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?
Word of mouth remains the best way of finding a good tradesman, including an electrician. 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.
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. Ask for details. For instance, will they be charging an hourly fee or a flat fee? All materials to be used should be included in the quote, alongside their individual costs.
Among the most crucial questions you have to ask your prospective electrician is whether they put a guarantee their work. If they do, make sure the guarantee is on paper. Otherwise, look for another electrician. Trusting an electrician who can’t stand by his own work, is foolish.
A big part of what makes an electrician reliable is experience. That’s why it’s preferable to go with someone who has been in the industry for a while. There are many new upcoming talents today, but for maximum safety, hire a veteran.
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, let him show you proof and make sure it’s not expired. In the same manner, ask for proof of insurance, both workers’ compensation and liability. Definitely, both should be current. No license or no insurance is a red flag.
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. Keep your mind open however. There are consumers who just want to make a fuss. If there are complaints, look into the case and see how it was resolved. Then just follow your instincts. If you’re not so confident about one electrician, move on to the next one.