A Step by Step Guide to Choosing the Right Electrician for Your Needs
The services of an electrician are needed by every homeowner, whether a new or an existing one. If not for anything else, to ensure your home electrical system remains not only functional but also very safe. It is, therefore, important that you know how to select a good electrician. If you are like most people, you would probably ask friends and family for recommendations/referrals. It is highly likely they will have valuable contacts that would lead you to the best fit for your needs. But what happens if you are new to the neighborhood?
For most people, the internet remains the most reliable, convenient, and easiest way to find a competent electrical contractor. There are online directories you can use, and the best part is that you can customize your search to local service providers. Many people have had great success using these online directories, which list thousands of service providers with ratings you can verify. Regardless of the method, you use to find a good electrician, here are a few things you will need to keep in mind to ensure a seamless process.
For starters, you must get organized. In this case, it means knowing what exactly you want the electrician to do. Do you want a light with added or you want electrical work done in the entire room? Of course, the latter requires more planning, and for you to minimize costs, you want to ensure you are doing it right the first time. Failure to which you will run into change order, and this can rapidly make the project costly than it could have been. In the same breathe, you want to work with an electrician that is fully licensed, bonded, and insured. This can never be overemphasized enough. If not for anything else, to help protect you from unnecessary stress and costs should something go wrong in the process? Besides, this ensures the electrical contractor working on your home is fully trained to perform not just safe but effective electrical work.
Always look into past jobs and references before you settle for any particular electrical contractor. Ask for a list of past clients and ensure you contact the clients to find out how the electrician performed and how their experience with the electrician was. Did the service provider keep time? Was the project completed within the schedule? Did they experience any issues of professional negligence or misconduct with the electrician in question? Can they recommend the electrician to their close family and friends? These are some of the things you would want to find out when you make contact with past clients.
Last but not least, always request a detailed contract. Ensure all that pertains to the job at hand is captured in the contract. Other necessary details that must be included in the contract include the name, address, cell and office numbers of the electrician, the license number, and the terms of service, including the details captured in the estimate the electrician, provided prior. Also, ensure you get a copy of their liability and worker’s compensation insurance certificates.