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.
Question is, how can we find a competent electrician? There are many out there, but what are the things we should consider when choosing one? How do we even start?
Word of mouth remains the best way of finding a good tradesman, including an electrician. Talk to your relatives and friends, and ask for referrals.
If you can’t get personal referrals, turn to the Internet and read reviews.
After gathering three or four prospects, call them each and ask for quotes so you have a good idea of what your costs will be. 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, insist it be on paper. Otherwise, look elsewhere. It’s foolish to trust an electrician who doesn’t trust himself.
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 lots of new talents emerging today, but if you want to be totally sure about your safety, go with an established electrician.
Look for an electrician who focuses on the type of electrical work you want. 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 with a personal recommendation, ask your prospect for client references. This is the best way to picture your future 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 do find complaints, know what the case is all about and how it was resolved. Then just go with your instincts. If you don’t feel so confident about hiring someone, don’t.