Valuable Lessons I’ve Learned About Services
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 can we find a reputable 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. For example, will they charge a flat rate or an hourly rate? Each material that will be used must be covered in the quote, including 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, make sure the guarantee is on paper. Otherwise, look elsewhere. 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 you should always go for someone who has spent many years in this line of work. There are new and promising talents out there, but to be totally safe, go with a veteran.
Find an electrician who focuses on the type of work you need. 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, let him show you proof and make sure 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 most accurate way of picturing out 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 there are complaints, look into the case and see 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.