Finding and hiring an electrician to do or fix the electrical wiring in your home is not as simple as flipping through the phone book. Many times, homeowners rush into hiring an electrician without doing any background check. They want to get started as soon as possible, and in the process they end up wasting money on an electrician who do shoddy work or charge way too much. If you want an electrician who is good and dependable, not to mention charge a competitive price, you will need to spend some time doing your research. So how exactly do you pick the right electrician? Below are some things you can keep in mind when you are looking for a good electrician.
* Remember that electricians are professionals who have undergone training in electrical work. This is why you are better off paying an electrician to do the electrical work on your home instead of you doing it yourself. Make sure the electrician you intend to hire is qualified. He should be licensed or have a permit to perform electrical jobs. If you are hiring an apprentice, keep in mind that he should be under the direct supervision of a licensed electrician since an apprentice is not qualified to work alone yet.
* Go with an electrician with years of experience in electrical work. It is wise to ask for references and give those references a call. A good and honest electrician won’t be hesitant to provide you with names of people who have hired him in the past. Call these people and ask about the quality of the work performed by the electrician or if they encountered any problems dealing with him.
* Ask an electrician for a quotation and a report on how he will carry out the electrical job you need done on your home. Find out if the price quoted to you includes labor and materials or if it is just for labor. Keep in mind that prices of materials may increase from the time an electrician gives you a quote to the time he starts work. In addition, find out if the estimate an electrician gives you also includes cleanup and removal/disposal of replaced electrical components.
* Ask the electrician you intend to hire to give you a detailed material and labor price sheet. Agree on the figure in this price sheet before starting the job. Watch out for electricians who ask for more than 30% of the cost of initial materials. Remember, it is standard practice among contractors to mark up materials in order to cover the time they spend picking up the materials and gas to deliver them to your home.
* Try to get the electrician to give you a “hard date” for completing the job, and put this in writing. This will help you plan and organize your household, as well as prevent you from going over budget.
The bottom line is this: before you start any home improvement or repair project such as an electrical repair job, clarify any issues you have with the electrician you are hiring. It is also crucial that you put everything in writing before the job starts so everything is clear and make sure the whole project goes smoothly.