Hiring any type of expert for your home can be daunting at best. But hiring a quality electrician is of the utmost importance. So much of our homes rely on electricity. Everything from the appliances we use, to the lights we take for granted, as we flip the switch every night. The electrician you hire will be responsible for repairing and maintaining the very aspects of your home that provide warmth, lights, comfort, and above all safety. Here are some things to consider when hiring an electrician for your home.
There are three different levels of electricians, requiring varying amounts of experience and levels of expertise. An apprentice is the entry level electrician, usually spending four years learning the trade, working under a licensed electrician. The next level is a journeyman. Electricians at this level can do most electrical tasks but may need a contractor’s license to run their own business. Finally, a masters level electrician can do everything the other levels can do, but is also able to run a business, plan electrical maps for new homes and businesses and bid new projects.
This is probably the most fundamental thing to investigate when beginning the search for a qualified electrician. When trying to save money, it might be tempting to look for a less qualified individual at a lower price, but it’s important to not skimp here. There are other ways to potentially save money later but ensure that your prospects meet at least these basic requirements. Don’t just assume the electrician you hire is licensed, bonded, and insured. Ask the questions, so you can make the best possible hiring decision.
Before beginning the search for an electrician, research the rough costs of your job first. Consider asking friends and family who might have had similar work done before. You can also do some searching on the Internet as well. Having an idea of what the job should cost in advance, will make it easier for you to evaluate offers and bids once they do start coming in.
Try to interview at least three prospective electricians before making a hiring decision. You’ll want to make sure someone is a good fit before hiring them to spend what could be a significant amount of time in your home. Once you have your choices narrowed down to three, make sure to check reviews online and references if they are provided.
Cost and affordability are crucial factors in almost any project, but when it comes to an electrician they might not be as important as you think. First of all, anything involving electricity can be quite dangerous, so it’s important to hire an expert, even though it might cost a little more. In addition, just because one professional might charge a little more than the next, it’s also important to consider experience level, licensure, etc. For instance, a more experienced electrician might charge more per hour, but also might get the job done quicker, thereby costing you less money in the end.
Since most electricians charge by the hour, you can minimize costs by preparing as much as possible in advance. This includes moving furniture and other items from the main areas in which you expect the electrician to work as well as making a list in advance of the projects you need completed. It will save time and money to have your electrician finish several projects at once, rather than having to come back at a later date because you forgot something.
Make certain you are clear on exactly what the electrician will do for the price you were quoted. For instance, will it be your responsibility to repair any holes left in the wall, or to perform clean up? Having these details ironed out in advance can save irritation later, and also give you a chance to hire additional workers if needed, or at the very least, budget the time to do those things yourself.
Ask your professional electrician if they provide a guarantee or warranty for their work. (Hint: they should!) Inquire even further to determine exactly what their warranty covers. Some things to look for include labor, parts, and even the quality of fixtures purchased through secondary providers.
When reviewing quotes from your list of potential electricians, be sure to clarify exactly who will be doing the work. For instance, it could be a master electrician submitting the bid for your project, but an apprentice or journeyman who will actually be on the job. It’s necessary to understand this when comparing your quotes, because it might not be a fair comparison of hourly rates, depending on who will be doing the work.
The final tip in hiring an appropriate electrician for your needs is to simply trust your gut. Once you have determined that your professional electrician prospects meet all of the other basic qualifications discussed in this article, the last thing to do is to make sure the electrician you choose meshes well with your personality and is generally a person you feel comfortable with. After all, they’re going to potentially be spending a good amount of time in your home and you want to feel happy with your decision.
When hiring electricians for your home or business, you need a team of licensed professionals you can trust. Contact C & G Electric at (940) 566-0711 today to discuss your electrical needs. We provide the experience and professionalism you require to make every project a success.