Finding a Good Electrician
Written by Lee Wyatt (last updated July 18, 2018)
There are times when an electrical project may be just a little to large or complex for the aspiring home electrician to try and accomplish themselves. In situations such as these, it would be by far the wisest course of action to hire a professional electrician. For many people though, finding a good electrician is a difficult prospect at best. That does not have to be the case anymore though. Here are some simple guidelines that anyone can use to be able to find a good and reliable electrician.
- Preplan. If at all possible, you should write down what work you believe you need done. Try to be as detailed as possible, include areas of the house, materials, equipment and so on. This list, or plan, is going to help you have an idea of what to expect when you ask the electricians later on for an estimate.
- Reviews. Ask around with friends, relatives and neighbors if they happen to know any good electricians. You should also check with your local building inspector, building supply store, and better business bureau for good electricians in your area. Compile a list of the names that each give you, and compare them. The names that appear on at least two of the lists are the better ones, since they have a reputation for quality work.
- Interview. Narrow the list that you compiled to three. Call up each and ask them to come over to give take a look at the work that you have planned. As you are talking to them, hand them the list you made before, and ask them for an estimate in writing of what they believe the work is going to cost. Compare each one that you get, and go with the one that you believe is going to be best for your needs.
- Contract. One you have decided on which electrician's services you are going to utilize, you should draw up a contract. This contract should have all aspects of the project clearly written out, to include time schedule, materials, cost, etc. and what is going to happen if the cost, or time is overrun. These contracts are designed to help protect both you and the electrician from any misunderstandings.
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