How to Choose an Electrician
Whatever the size of your electrical job, hiring an electrician is always the best option for you. Even DIY’ers know that electrical wiring is too risky to handle without enough 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 should we even get started?
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 a recommendation for any reason, you can always go online and read consumer 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. Tell them you want details. Do they charge a fixed rate or an hourly rate, for instance? All materials to be used, together with their individual costs, should be indicated in the estimate.
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, look for another electrician. You can’t trust an electrician who can’t trust himself.
A huge part of an electrician’s reliability is professional 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. Small jobs may be fine with generalists, but for more extensive projects, like wiring up communication devices, you should only trust a specialist.
License and Insurance
Before you seriously consider hiring an electrician, check if he’s licensed 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. Most certainly, both must 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 most accurate way of picturing out your future business relationship.
Better Business Bureau
Lastly, approach the Better Business Bureau to know if your prospect has any consumer complaints lodged against him. However, stay open-minded. 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 happy hiring a certain electrician, don’t.