5 Things to Consider When Hiring an Electrical Contractor

by Editor on November 8, 2013

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If there are two things that a homeowner does not want to hear it’s that one, they have serious plumbing issues or two, there are some electrical problems within their house. Yet the reality is that sometimes these things do happen and although there are a lot of websites that can walk you through how to fix some of these issues on your own, when it comes to things like your electrical wiring, sometimes doing it yourself can make matters worse, put you in potential danger and ultimately end up costing you more money.

That’s why our personal recommendation is that you go with hiring an electrical contractor from the very beginning. However, in order to make sure that you get the best one possible, we did want to provide you with a few tips on what you should consider on the front end first.

Did they come referred? In many ways, like when you’re looking for a reputable mechanic, it’s important that an electrical contractor is someone you can trust to really fix the problem and not overcharge you in the process. One of the best ways to make sure that this doesn’t happen is to go with someone who came referred by a family member, friend or co-worker. So, before looking in the phone book or online, first ask around to see if someone personally knows of one.

Do they have a license? Like a lot of other professions, there are some people who can do electrical work simply because they taught themselves how to do so; however, when it comes to the safety of your home, it’s best to go with an individual who is licensed. That’s why it’s more than fine to ask the electrical contractors that you are considering if they have one.

Do they have testimonials from others? Even if someone you know initially referred them, whether it’s a private contractor or someone who works for a company like 123 Electric Service, we still recommend that you ask them for other testimonials from former or current customers. Especially as it relates to people who may have had an issue that is similar to your own. This helps you to get a good idea of how they will handle your electrical problems.

How long do they expect the project to take? Once the issue has been inspected and the problem has been confirmed, before you agree to allow an electrical contractor to get to work, it’s important to ask them how long they will expect it to take? Being that they usually charge by the hour, you don’t want to assume it will be a three-hour job while they’re thinking more in the range of eight. That could get costly.

Do you have some of your own tools? This is something that a lot of people don’t stop to think about but the reality is that you can actually save yourself a significant amount of money if you have some of the tools that the electrical contractor needs already at your home. As a matter of fact, before they get started, we recommend that you ask them what they need so that you can double-check ahead of time. This could keep you from having to pay as much and when you’re in the midst of getting an electrical issue fixed, every dollar counts.

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