Tips for Choosing an Electrician
There’s nothing wrong with calling in an electrician for the most minor electrical jobs. It’s probably the best option you have. Electrical wiring is something you should never take for granted. Question is, how do you go about choosing a good electrician?
Ask people around you for referrals. This is often the safest way to find an electrician or any tradesman for that matter. If you can’t get any referrals for whatever reason, go online.
Requesting for Quotes
Upon getting a few names, call each electrician on your list and ask for a quote. 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 actually hiring an electrician, check if they will provide a guarantee for their work. If they won’t, that means they are not confident about what they do so it’s ridiculous to give them a second look.
One thing to keep in mind when hiring an electrician is they’re not all the same. Like other professionals and tradespeople, they have specializations too. Pick someone who is right for the task, even if that means paying a little more.
Local or National
Check whether your prospective electrician is working independently or is a local agent of 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 can’t or doesn’t want to give you any, don’t bother nagging them and just move on to your next prospect.
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 problem was fixed and if the customer was happy with how the issue was handled.
Finally, listen to your gut. Even without a lot of technical knowledge, you will more or less sense if the electrician is exaggerating the extent of work required in order to overcharge you.