There is no shame in using expert services for even the most minor electrical jobs. Even long-time DIY-ers do that sometimes when there are problems jobs that must be resolved. Electrical wiring is one area where you will definitely want to be safe than sorry. So what should you do to find the right electrician or electrical contractor?
Seek referrals. Ask your relatives, friends, coworkers or neighbors for referrals. Word of mouth is without a doubt the best way to ensure you the job will be done well. If you can’t get a recommendation for whatever reason, the Internet or local press, or business directories can be good sources of prospects too.
Call three or four and ask for full quotes so that you know how much you will be paying before the work starts. For instance, will there be a call-out charge or a per-hour rate? For example, do you pay an hourly rate or is there a call-out fee?You need to know, for instance, if you have to pay an hourly fee of if call-outs come with a charge. Also check if all materials are included in the quote.
Don’t decide solely on price. Know whether the electrician or electrical contractor will provide a work guarantee and will fix any work that falls short of applicable standards.
Choose a specialist. As with other trades and professions, there are areas that electricians and electrical contractors may choose to specialize in. Of course, you’ll want an expert in the particular project or task you have.
Find out if a prospect works independently or for a company.
In most cases, hiring an electrician who works for a company is more expensive. But you may feel more confident, knowing that the tradesman was properly screened by the parent company and has authority to carry its name.
Never hire an unlicensed electrician. Check if your prospect is registered and has a valid license for the jurisdiction in which the job must be performed.
Don’t hire an electrician without liability and workers’ compensation insurance.
Get client references. This doesn’t necessarily rule out electricians who are new in the industry. An electrician can be good even without such a long experience, but they must provide references from their training provider.
Visit your Better Business Bureau to see if there are any past or current complaints or negative testimonials on the electrician or contractor you’re eyeing.
Listen to your instincts.
If you’re not knowledgeable about electrical systems, ask a friend who is, to accompany you when meeting with the electrician or contractor. You want to be sure that you’re not being overcharged or played in any other matter.
Make comparisons. Don’t restrict yourself to a single prospect. Making comparisons means you will have a point of reference can help you decide who is indeed best for you.
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