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How to Choose an Electrician

It’s only hard to find a good electrician if you’re clueless about what to look for. Of course, you can’t just hire anyone or you’ll be putting your family and home at risk. Though you likely won’t have a problem finding candidates, you have to keep in mind that they are not all created equal.

Below are the most important things you should look into before hiring an electrician:

License and Insurance

First and foremost, check if your prospective electrician has a license. This is your assurance that they have the necessary knowledge and experience to do the job well. Ask for a copy of their license and verify if it is current and valid for the type of work you need. Of course, it’s also a must that the tradesman is adequately insured. Ask for copies of their policies and make sure they’re not expired.

Written Estimates

It’s always smart to get at least three written quotes for comparison. The specifications you provide each electrician should be exactly the same, or the comparison would be inaccurate. As well, every quote must come with details of all your costs, from labor to materials. The idea is to avoid focusing on a single prospect. If you have at least three to consider, you can see their differences and choose the one that you think is best for your needs.

Qualifications and Experience

Electricians have different qualifications in various areas of electrical work. A Master Electrician has no less than 3 years of experience and should offer a yearlong warranty on workmanship. For example, if you want nothing short of the highest standard of workmanship and electrical safety, a Master Electrician can provide it. If you want to install an energy-efficient electrical system, hire an accredited electrician who has extensive knowledge and training in energy-saving products and technology.

Personal Recommendations

Ask your friends and family members about good electricians they may have hired in the past. Most people like talking about their positive experiences with service professionals. If you can’t get any referrals, get online and read reviews on credible third-party consumer websites. You can also ask your prospective electrician for references, and be sure to contact them. Any hesitation from the tradesman is a negative sign.

Communication and Personality

No one wants an ill-mannered tradesman or who one who works sloppily. Observe how they deal with you. Are they courteous? Do they return your communication promptly? The electrician you hire should be easy to get in touch with. And yes, appearance and attitude are important because they usually reflect the quality of their work.

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