Dealing with electrical problems or installing new electrical devices is usually a task that is best left to professionals. However, choosing the right professional for the job can be a project in itself. You definitely don't want to make the wrong choice, but making the right choice can be a daunting task.
Here are 5 things to look out for when hiring your next non-electrician.
Experience with your specific needs
Just like doctors, different electricians specialize in different things, and you probably don't want a dermatologist to do your brain surgery. The same applies to electricians. You want to hire someone who specializes in what you need. Bad or inexperienced electricians often do not list the exact services they offer and position themselves as generalists. A good electrician will often list the exact services he offers and you can easily determine if he can help you with your requirements.
There's no better way to tell if an electrician is good or not to see what real customers have to say about them. A good reputation for online ratings or word of mouth is probably the best indicator of whether an electrician is good. Testimonials on the electrician's website are a good place to start. However, the independent third-party rating websites should be your bread and butter when it comes to determining an electrician's reputation. Ideally, you want one with a large number of mostly positive reviews.
Proper licenses, insurance and guarantees
Unfortunately, there are some people who offer electrician services without proper licensing. They are usually cheaper, but the quality of their work is usually worse than that of a licensed electrician. It is therefore best to avoid “electricians” who do not have the right licenses and consider the additional costs as an investment in the security of your home.
A good electrician should also have at least liability insurance. Some even get additional types of insurance. Finally. You want to get a guarantee on your work. A guarantee means that the electrician is ready to vouch for his parts and work, and a good electrician shouldn't have a problem with that. Always ask your electrician for guarantees and avoid those that don't.
Receive multiple bids and take travel expenses into account
If you find several electricians that fit all of the above requirements, it is a good idea to get multiple quotes and choose the best one. However, you must take travel expenses into account. Different electricians have different pricing methods, and you should check whether the pricing of one electrician suits you better than the others.
Know who is doing the work
Work can always be outsourced or outsourced. The last thing you want to do is take the time and effort to find a great electrician to outsource work to someone you have never met or with whom you have never spoken. Make sure you know for sure who will do the job. Even if the work is outsourced, it may not be a problem if a representative of the original company that you have hired is present and supervises the work.