Finding an electrician shouldn’t be difficult. But finding an electrician that’s right for your job may require some extra work.
Where to Look for a Qualified Electrician
Ask family, friends, co-workers or neighbors for possible recommendations. Most people that have hired an electrician in the past will be happy to share their experience with you. If someone has complaints, they’re sure to let you know. The same holds true if someone has had a positive experience with a electrician. People will quickly let you know if they received great service. You’ll find that we have a good reputation and take pride in our work.
When you find an electrician you’re interested in working with you’ll need to do a little background checking. Call the Better Business Bureau to see if the electrician has ever had any complaints filed by customers. Ask if these complaints were resolved and if it was to the customer’s satisfaction. It’s not uncommon for even a well established electrician to get an occasional complaint but how they resolve any complaints is what’s important. An electrician with a number of unresolved complaints is most likely someone you’d do best to avoid.
Asking the Electrician to Submit a Bid
Once you have a few electricians in mind you can interview each one and discuss your project with them. Ask about experience; we’ll be happy to explain to you how a electrician can meet your needs. We offer a quality of service that you will not find elsewhere. After the project is complete, you’ll be happy we sent an expert electrician.
Have each electrician do a walk through with you and ask them to explain what they believe should be done and how they would handle your project. Tell them what you’re trying to accomplish and use the time to convey any concerns. By spending some time with each electrician, you’ll also get a feel as to how well you communicate with each one and if you’ll be comfortable working with them. If you feel uneasy about any electrician or have doubts, simply move on to the next one. Remember this is someone that you’ll essentially be relying on for the future of your home.
Ask how long the entire project will take and how much it will cost. Of course the electrician won’t be able to give you an accurate estimate until they can write up a detailed quote. Give each electrician a list of what you want included in their bid. You’ll need to know what is involved in the project as well as the cost of any necessary materials and labor. You’ll want to know your payment options. A smaller project will most often require full payment when the project is completed with larger jobs stretched out over several payments during the project. You’ll also want an estimated time for completion.
Making Your Final Selection
Once you have a bid from each electrician it’s time to make some comparisons. An extremely low bid may be tempting but you need to be cautious. A low bid may be nothing more than that but if it seems unusually low it may also mean the electrician is cutting corners, something you certainly don’t want where electricity is involved. If the bid is really appealing to you ask the electrician how he arrived at the figure and how he is able to under bid everyone else. The truth is, when determining which electrician to hire, you not only need to choose the one that’s going to be the best for your budget but the one that is most suited for your particular project as well.
Remember when choosing an electrician, you aren’t looking for the cheapest method of getting the job done. When dealing with electricity, you have to think about the safety of your home and family. You want an electrician that will be thorough, reliable and will take the time to do the job right the first time around. Your home’s future relies on the quality of the electrician you choose.