How to Choose a Good Electrician
Maintaining a safe and functional electrical system in your home is only possible when you work with professionals to address issues. But with a lot of electricians you can choose from, finding the best can be a feat.
Here are tips that can help you find quality help next time your home electrical system acts up:
License, Bond, and Insurance
Hiring a licensed, insured and bonded electrician is an absolute must. This will protect you from liability in case there is accidental property damage or a worker gets injured in the course of your project.
In most cases, electricians work as a team composed of professionals with varying qualifications – master electricians, licensed journeyman electricians, apprentices, etc. If this team includes subcontractors, make sure you know your primary electrician.
Qualifications and Certification
Certified electricians have a minimum of three years’ experience and offer a 12-month warranty (at least) on their work, and even a satisfaction guarantee sometimes. A growing number of electricians are now also Diamond Certified, which indicates that they are totally committed to providing excellent technical and customer service to their clients.
If you met an electrician through a friend’s or family member’s recommendation, they’re most probably good. You can also go online and read reviews on local electricians, but stick to popular consumer websites (marketing websites are often misleading).
By asking for an estimate, you get the chance to know the electrician as well as get a quote prior to hiring them. Take note that estimates and quotes should be provided for free, so if you encounter an electrician who wants you to pay for them, don’t proceed. With a high-quality electrician, you can get a price guarantee in writing, which means you will know at least the maximum amount you can spend on your project before work begins. This also means there will be no surprises when you receive their invoice.
Good electricians never make you wait when you’re having problems with your electrical system. They know that you want the problem fixed as soon as possible so you can continue with your day-to-day routine. Many electricians even provide emergency services 24 hours a day, all seven days of the week.
Fortunately, there are many electricians out there today. The best thing about this for consumers is that we have more choices and more room to make comparisons. Rather than focusing on just one prospect, consider maybe three or four. It is only by comparing that you can accurately determine who’s best for you.