How to Choose an Electrician
There’s nothing wrong with calling in an electrician for the most minor electrical jobs. In fact, it’s probably the best thing to do. Electrical wiring is something you should never take for granted. Question is, what do you consider before hiring a particular electrician?
Asking for Referrals
Ask people around you for referrals. This is typically the safest route to an electrician (or any tradie actually). If that isn’t possible, you can always search the web for prospects.
Requesting for Quotes
Upon getting a few names, call each electrician on your list and ask for a quote. Find out if you will be charged an hourly rate and how much, and if there will be a call-out charge. Also ensure that the quotes come complete with all materials to be used, side by side with their prices.
Before you hire an electrician, make sure they will give you a guarantee of their work. If they won’t, it only means they have no confidence in their abilities, so neither should you.
One thing to keep in mind when hiring an electrician is they’re not all the same. Like most other tradesmen, they specialize in certain types of work. Choose someone who is right for the job, and never settle, regardless of the cost.
Local or National
Know whether an electrician is working independently or under a national company. The latter is probably more expensive but they can provide extra peace of mind, considering the normally strict service standards that national companies maintain. Local electricians, on the other hand, are part of your own community and will avoid anything that casts shade on their good name.
License and Insurance
Certainly, you should only work with an electrician if they have a license to provide services in your jurisdiction, as well as insurance coverage The stakes of hiring someone without both are just too high.
If you want to know how it may go if you hired a certain electrician, talk to those who have hired them before. If the electrician hesitates to give client references, they might be hiding something.
Better Business Bureau
Research any customer complaints against an electrician you’re eyeing by checking with the Better Business Bureau. If so, see how the electrician handled the issue and whether the customer was satisfied with the resolution, if any.
Lastly, pay attention to your instincts. Even without a lot of technical knowledge, you will more or less sense if the electrician is exaggerating the extent of work required in order to overcharge you.