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We would strongly recommend you not tackle any electrical work by yourself. After all, electrical work is dangerous and tricky, to say the least. An error on your part can cause a short circuit or fire. It is always better to be safe than sorry. Hence, you should hire the services of an experienced and licensed electrician to tackle any type of electrical issues.
To many, calling an electrical expert can prove to be an intimidating process. And, why should we blame them? After all, there isn’t a shortage of electricians who promise to deliver and offer better services than the rest. Therefore, identifying the ideal electrician in the midst of a crowd can be rather complicated. However, that need not be the case. Without straying away from the topic any further, here are 6 things you should know before you hire an electrician.
If you have a particular job like a repair or a rewire, it often pays to select an electrician who is used to doing this type of work on a regular basis.
Ensure that the electrician is licensed and insured
It is of paramount importance for you to ensure that the electrician you end up hiring is licensed and appropriately insured. You should never run the risk of a ¨trained¨ friend undertaking electrical work in your home. If something happens to them, you or your property, you will end up with frustrating legal implications and equally annoying financial bills. If the electrician is an employee of a company, you can easily look up their details through the organization. And, if an independent electrician doesn’t have any sort of license and insurance, it is time for you to start searching elsewhere.
Acquire an initial quote
You should never let any electrical work start in your residence without a quote being acquired and agreed first. It is absolutely essential that you agree to a quote and not just shake hands to a rough estimate. Of course, the quote should include information about the job, a payment schedule, and concrete prices. We would advise you to obtain as many quotes from as many different electrical contractors. By doing so, you will be able to choose the service that best falls under your budget. You should also bear in mind that there are plenty of companies that offer extended discounts to new customers. Hence, you should always be on the hunt for unbeatable deals.
Check for references
If you truly want to know if the electrician you are looking to hire is an expert in their field, you should acquire references from others. Without proper recommendations, how are you supposed to know if the electrician provides satisfactory work? The electrician´s previous clients will provide you with unbiased reviews of the services provided by the electrician. By going through unbiased reviews provided by previous clients, you will be able to make an informed decision.
Don´t always go for the cheapest option
So, it appears that you have obtained different quotes from the electricians you have shortlisted. We should warn you that it isn´t always the brightest idea to pick the cheapest option. Instead, we would advise you to read the quotes carefully and ensure that the job details and processes match the services you are seeking. Remember this—anything that sounds too good to be true usually is.
Does the electrician have the necessary permits and permission?
A qualified electrician will never cut corners in their work. They will only carry out work with the necessary permits, permission, and approval. Although the process of acquiring permits can delay work, it is absolutely vital to ensure that you are not susceptible to untold risks, which can, in turn, deem your insurance invalid.
Is your electrician happy to offer a warranty on their work? If they do offer a warranty on the labor and parts, it shows us that the electrician is ready to vouch for the standard of their work. As well, this displays their confidence in their abilities. There is simply no denying the fact that any reputable electrician will provide warranty options.