What to Consider When Hiring an Electrician
There’s nothing wrong with calling in an electrician for the most minor electrical jobs. It’s actually the best step to take. When it comes to electrical wiring, you should never take chances. Question is, what do you consider before hiring a particular electrician?
Seek recommendations from friends, neighbors, colleagues, etc. This is often the safest way to find an electrician or any tradesman for that matter. If you’re new in town and can’t get any referrals, check online.
Once you have a few names – at least three or four should do – ask for quotes from each one so you know how much your total costs will be. See if they charge hourly and how much and if there will be an additional charge for a call out. Also see to it that these quotes are complete: all materials to be used and their prices must be included.
Before you hire an electrician, make sure they will give you a guarantee of their work. If they won’t, it only means they have no confidence in their abilities, so neither should you.
One thing to keep in mind when hiring an electrician is they’re not all the same. As with other types of tradesmen, they specialize in particular kinds of electrical work. Hire someone whose knowledge and skills match the job at hand, even if you have to pay a higher cost.
Local vs. National
Know whether an electrician is working independently or under a national company. The latter is probably more expensive but they can provide extra peace of mind, considering the normally strict service standards that national companies maintain. On the other hand, local electricians are members of your community and will do everything to protect their good name.
License and Insurance
Most certainly, you should consider working with an electrician only if they have a license and insurance coverage. It’s simply too risky to bring in someone who doesn’t have both.
If you want to know how it may go if you hired a certain electrician, talk to those who have hired them before. If the electrician won’t provide client references, take it as a red flag.
Better Business Bureau
Find out with the Better Business Bureau if the electrician you’re considering has customer complaints under their name. If so, see how the electrician handled the issue and whether the customer was satisfied with the resolution, if any.
Finally, listen to your gut. Even as a layman, you will somehow get the vibe if someone is overcharging you or making the job appear bigger than it is just to collect more money.