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Pointers for Hiring a Good Electrician
Hiring a electrician is only difficult when you don’t know how to look for a good one. Of course, you can’t just pick anybody and risk your family and home’s safety. While you will have no problem finding a candidate (there’s probably one in every corner of your town or city), it’s important to remember that they’re not all the same.
Below are the most important things you should look into before hiring an electrician:
License and Insurance
First of all, check if your prospect has a license. This is your guarantee that they have the right knowledge and experience to perform a good job. 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 necessary for the tradesman to have adequate insurance. Ask for copies of their policies, making sure they’re not expired.
Get no less than three written quotes for the purpose of comparison. Be sure you give exactly the same job specifications to each electrician, or the comparison would be invalid. As well, every quote must come with details of all your costs, from labor to materials. The idea is to avoid confining yourself to just one 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 various qualifications in different fields of electrical work. A Master Electrician has had a minimum of 3 years’ experience and must offer a 12-month workmanship warranty. For example, Master Electricians can give you the highest standard of workmanship and electrical safety. 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.
Ask your friends and family members about good electricians they may have hired in the past. People are usually happy to share positive experiences. If you can’t get any recommendations, read online reviews on credible consumer websites. Also ask for a list of client references from your prospective electrician, and do spend time to contact these people. If the tradesman hesitated even slightly, you should be suspicious.
Communication and Personality
Nobody wants a tradesman who is grumpy and provides sloppy workmanship. Take note of how they deal with you. Are they polite? Do they respond to your communication within a reasonable timeframe? Choose an electrician who is easy for you to contact. And yes, appearance and attitude are important because they usually reflect the quality of their work.