How to Choose an Electrician
Even for the smallest electrical issues, there’s no shame bringing in a professional electrician. It’s actually the best step to take. When it comes to electrical wiring, you should never take chances. Question is, what do you consider before hiring a particular electrician?
Asking for Referrals
Ask people around you for referrals. This is typically the safest route to an electrician (or any tradie actually). If you’re new in town and can’t get any referrals, check online.
Upon getting a few names, call each electrician on your list and ask for a quote. Find out if you will be charged an hourly rate and how much, and if there will be a call-out charge. Also ensure that the quotes come complete with all materials to be used, side by side with their prices.
When considering an electrician, make it a point to ask if they will provide a work guarantee. If they won’t, it only means they have no confidence in their abilities, so neither should you.
One thing you should remember is that not all electricians are the same. Like other professionals and tradespeople, they have specializations too. Pick someone who is right for the task, even if that means paying a little more.
Local vs. National
Check whether your prospective electrician is working independently or is a local agent of a national company. The latter is likely more expensive, but it helps to know that they passed the often strict vetting and hiring standards of national companies. On the other hand, local electricians are members of your community and will do everything to protect their good name.
License and Insurance
Definitely, you should hire an electrician only if they hold a valid license within your jurisdiction and have insurance. Hiring someone without both is just too risky on your part.
The best way to know how it goes with a certain electrician is by asking some former clients how things went with them. If the electrician can’t or doesn’t want to give you any, don’t bother nagging them and just move on to your next prospect.
Better Business Bureau
Research any customer complaints against an electrician you’re eyeing by checking with the Better Business Bureau. If there were complaints, know how these were resolved and if the customer was happy in the end.
Finally, listen to your gut. Even without a lot of technical knowledge, you will more or less sense if the electrician is exaggerating the extent of work required in order to overcharge you.