Hiring An Electrician -- Tips And Hints

Written By Arman Zulhajar on Friday, February 24, 2012 | 1:03 AM

By Alison Heath

An electrician is someone who specializes in the wiring and repair of electrical mechanisms. Most people will rarely need the services of an electrician, but when it is necessary choosing the right one is very important. For home use, electricians are typically needed to re-wire or repair existing systems. The scope of an electrician's duties may also include remodels, additions to existing electrical outlets or devices, lighting and a whole lot more. Ascertain the breadth of work the electrician will be working on before hiring somebody for the job. Be as detailed as possible so you can determine the needs for the project. Minor repair work can often be completed by an electrician who is less expensive and may not have a lot of experience. However, repairs, remodels or new fixtures of a greater scope would mean that experience and skill for your electrician would now be de rigueur. Improper wiring can be very dangerous and can lead to fires, putting everyone at risk.

Get recommendations for an electrician before hiring one. Settle on a few electricians so you could compare the quotes for their services. Interview each of these individuals so you can thoroughly gauge how skilled and experience they are. Make sure you give them a detailed walkthrough and set the right expectations in terms of cost, expected duration of the project and specific minutiae related to the project that would lead to its completion.

An electrician should be licensed and carry valid insurance. Before the electrician start on his job, you should check whether both are still active and free of reproach. Damage done can be severe with improper wiring so this is very important. If an electrician can not provide you with both, do not hire them. Do not leave things to the vagaries of chance. Keep copies of their license and insurance certificates for posterity.

When interviewing electricians, question them on their level of experience. Of course you would want to choose an electrical provider that has been around for a decade or such rather than a company that has just begun to take its first baby steps in the industry. New businesses may offer price reductions to help them establish a client list and references. You do not want to leave your electrical work to the chance by hiring a beginner, so when dealing with a new business, ask for their most experienced man on the job. Do not just request references, DEMAND them. Electricians who have happy customers will do a good job for you.

Choose the electrician who has the best combination of price and experience, and with whom you felt most comfortable. One last thing you would need in tangible form would be an accounting of the project details, the expected costs and turnaround time for completion. This protects you against the possibility of an electrician reneging on his promises or failing to do his duty.

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