How to Choose an Electrician
There’s no harm in hiring an electrician even of the simplest electrical jobs. It’s probably the best option you have. Electrical wiring is the last thing you’ll want to compromise on. 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.
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.
When considering an electrician, make it a point to ask if they will provide a work guarantee. 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. Hire someone whose knowledge and skills match the job at hand, even if you have to pay a higher cost.
Local or National
Check whether your prospective electrician is working independently or is a local agent of a national company. The latter is likely more expensive, but it helps to know that they passed the often strict vetting and hiring standards of national companies. 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. The stakes of hiring someone without both are just too high.
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 hesitates to give client references, they might be hiding something.
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.
Lastly, be sensitive to what your gut is telling you. 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.