Tips for Choosing a Reputable Electrician
Maintaining a safe and functional electrical system in your home is only possible when you work with professionals to address issues. But with the huge number of electricians out, choosing the right one can be a challenge.
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. By doing so, you will be protected from the costs and stresses of dealing with accidental property damage or worker injuries while your project is ongoing.
Electricians usually work as a group of professionals with varying qualifications, such as master electricians and licensed journeyman electricians, and sometimes including apprentices. 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).
When you ask for an estimate, you get the chance to get to know the electrician and also obtain a quote before work begins. 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. Some reputable technicians can even provide a price guarantee in black and white, which means a maximum total cost will be indicated for the project. This means as well that there will be no surprises on their invoice.
A good electrician is not going to make you wait when you’re dealing with electrical system issues. 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, we have a lot of electricians out there nowadays. This is obviously an advantage to consumers who enjoy a wealth options and opportunities for comparison. So instead of just considering one prospect, spend time calling at least two or three. It is only by comparing that you can accurately determine who’s best for you.