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6 Tips for Hiring a Good Electrician

Posted in: Electrical Tips for the Home

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When you seek the services of a professional electrician to perform electrical repairs in your home or workplace, you want to ensure that the person you engage is of course qualified, certified and insured, but also highly skilled and experienced in carrying out electrical services and electrical repairs. However, it is difficult to know whether this will be the case just by speaking to someone on the phone.

Fortunately, it is possible to be strategic in the way that you choose the best electrical company for your needs.

Licenses and Insurance

It is absolutely essential that you ensure the electricians working in your home or workplace are licensed and appropriately insured and that the electricians willingly provide you with details of these. If an electrician works for an electrical company, it may be possible to chase up these details through the organisation, but for independent electrical contractors, these checks are still vitally important.

Do not run the risk of a ‘skilled’ friend undertaking electrical work in your home. Should anything happen to them, you or your property, the emotional, financial and legal implications are likely to be incredible.

References

One of the best ways to know how good an electrician is, is to obtain references from others. Without such recommendations or warnings, how can you know whether others have been satisfied and impressed with their work?

Obtain an Initial Quote

Never let electrical work begin in your home without a quote being obtained and agreed. In fact, you may obtain quotes from several electricians before deciding on the one that will carry out the electrical repairs necessary in your home or workplace.

Keep in mind that some companies extend discounts to new customers and may offer good value to customers who are loyal and engage them for repeat business.

Permits and Permission

It may be the case that the electrical work to be carried out requires particular permission and/or permits. A great electrician will never attempt to cut corners by carrying out work without the necessary permission and will always seek approval.

While the process of obtaining such permits may sometimes delay work from beginning or continuing, to undertake work without the necessary permits puts you at untold risk and your insurance may be deemed void.

Timeline

A high quality and effective electrician will, in addition to providing you with an estimate of the total cost of the work, also provide you with a projected timeline for milestones and completion of the work. While some adjustment to the proposed timeline may well be necessary as work is carried out, it is infinitely useful to have an indication of how long the project is likely to take.

Listening and Recommending

The best electricians will always listen to your needs and expectations and will provide information and detail in relation to the work required in their professional opinion. Essentially, great electricians will try to explain the work necessary using language and terms that you can understand and from which you can make meaning.

The decision of the electrician that will perform electrical services in your home or workplace is a very important and quite involved one. By following the tips presented in this article, you are best positioned to make a wise and effective choice of electrician.