What to Consider When Hiring an Electrician
There’s nothing wrong with calling in an electrician for the most minor electrical jobs. In fact, it’s probably the best thing to do. Electrical wiring is the last thing you’ll want to compromise on. 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.
After getting some names, call each of these electricians and request for a quote from each. Know if they will charge you per hour and how much and whether you have to pay extra 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 not, it only means one thing – they’re not sure of what they’re doing, so you shouldn’t take the risk with them.
One thing you should never forget when hiring an electrician is that they are not created equal. 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 vs. National
See whether your potential electrician is an independent practitioner or working for a national contractor. 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 have personal ties within your community and will not attempt anything that destroys 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 won’t provide client references, take it as a red flag.
Better Business Bureau
Check with the Better Business Bureau to know if the electrician you’re eyeing has been the subject of customer complaints in the past. If there were complaints, know how these were resolved and if the customer was happy in the end.
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.