How to Choose an Electrical Contractor
There’s so much more to picking the right electrical contractor than simply tracking someone down and paying them to complete the job. As a matter of fact, if you’re careless about whom you hire or what you DIY, it can easily end up burning down your home or injuring someone.
First off, look into the following:
> what kind of work you need them to do
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> whether you need an electrician or not
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> if the electrician is licensed and registered
> location issues
> the electrician’s reputation in terms of reliability and trustworthiness
> charges you have to pay
When should you hire an electrician?
We all know that electricians work with electrical systems. However, you may not know what kinds of electrical work actually require a professional electrician.
This is quite easy. You can change your own light bulbs and operate your appliances, depending on how they were designed. For almost any electrical work outside of that, you should hire a qualified and licensed electrician.
What qualifications must electricians have?
All states now require electricians to have an electrical license before they can carry out electrical work. The reason you want to hire a professional is to make sure that the job is done correctly and safely. A license provides assurance that the contractor has passed all the rigorous requirements of the government, although it is no guarantee of excellent work.
Hiring the Right Electrician
1. Choose local.
This is certainly more convenient, and will ensure that you won’t pay for the electrician’s travel expenses. And in case you need them when problems come up, you can easily call them as well.
2. Get several estimates.
Remember that not all electricians will charge the same amount for the same work, even if it’s the same quality, they should be fairly similar. Check out online reviews, but take everything with a grain of salt.
3. Check with other well-reputed contractors.
If you’re having your kitchen remodeled, there’s a good chance the will know a good electrician they are comfortable working with. Bundle everything up in a single quote if possible.
4. Check the contractor’s license.
Your electrician should be glad to show you this, but be sure to double-check with the state authority to make sure it is valid.
5. Ask if they are insured.
Electrical contractors are required by law to have insurance, so if someone is licensed, he is also most probably insured. Ask the contractor if they have both liability insurance and workman’s insurance. On the other hand, workman’s compensation frees you from liability in case the injured individual or individuals are part of the working team.