How to Choose an Electrician
No matter how big or small the electrical job is, an electrician is always the best person to do it. Even DIY enthusiasts realize the danger of working with electrical wiring without the right knowledge and training.
The question is, how can we find a reputable electrician? Though there are plenty out there, what are the things to be looked into as we make a choice? How do we even start?
The best way to locate a good electrician (or any tradesperson) is word of mouth. Approach your friends and relatives and ask for recommendations.
If you can’t get any personal recommendations, there are consumer reviews that you can read online.
Once you have three or four names, give each of them a call and ask them to give you estimates, so you know how much you’ll likely spend. Ask for details. Do they charge a fixed rate or an hourly rate, for instance? Each material that will be used must be covered in the quote, including their individual costs.
Among the most crucial questions you have to ask your prospective electrician is whether they put a guarantee their work. If they do, make sure the guarantee is on paper. Otherwise, look elsewhere. Trusting an electrician who can’t stand by his own work, is foolish.
A huge part of an electrician’s reliability is professional experience. That’s why it’s preferable to go with someone who has been in the industry for a while. There are new and promising talents out there, but to be totally safe, go with a veteran.
Look for an electrician who focuses on the type of electrical work you want. It may be fine to hire a generalist for a small job, but for the big ones – for example, setting up a communication system – get a specialist.
License and Insurance
Before you start considering a specific electrician, know whether he is licensed to work in your jurisdiction. If he says yes, ask for evidence and be sure it’s current. Similarly, ask for proof of their workers’ compensation and liability insurance. Most certainly, both must be current. No license or no insurance means you should forget about the electrician and consider other prospects.
Unless you began with a personal referral, ask for client references from each of your prospects. This will give you a good picture of the future of your business relationship.
Better Business Bureau
Lastly, approach the Better Business Bureau to know if your prospect has any consumer complaints lodged against him. Keep your mind open however. There are consumers who are just difficult to please. If you indeed find complaints, try to understand the case and the manner in which it was resolved. Then just listen to your gut. If you’re not so confident about one electrician, move on to the next one.