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Tuesday 9 October 2018

8 things to look for when hiring an electrician

Posted by at 11:55 AM

8 things to look for when hiring an electrician

Whether you are looking for an electrician to fix one broken outlet or wire your entire home, it is important to find the right one. If you have no idea where to start, then here are some tips to help narrow your search.

Credentials

It isn’t important that a master electrician, which is the highest level of certification for an electrician, personally works on your job. However, it is important that whatever company you hire has one on staff. An apprentice or journeyman should be reporting to a master electrician and, if your job requires permits, you will need a master electrician to sign off on those.

Past Experience

It’s pretty obvious that time equals experience and that someone who has been an electrician for 20 years will have more experience than someone who has been doing it for 5 years. However, the type of past experience you should look for is the type of projects they have worked on. If you are looking to have your new home wired but the electrician works only on commercial projects, they may not be the best fit for you. Be sure to ask if they do commercial or residential projects, new construction or remodels and so on.

Cleanliness

Let’s face it, construction work of any kind is messy. There is usually no way around that. However, you want to be sure that the electrician will be respectful of your home. Do they wear booties? Do they vacuum the area once they are done drilling? If the job will last more than one day, do they pack everything up or leave their tools scattered overnight? Usually, you won’t know how clean they are until they are already in your home so don’t be afraid to ask ahead of time about their cleanup policy. If they don’t have one or seem hesitant to discuss it with you, they may not be the right fit. Also, if you have any allergies or other health problems that require a special attention to cleanliness, be sure to bring that up before hiring them.

Timeframe

A lot of electricians are booked well in advance. If your project is time sensitive be sure to see if your timeframe fits with theirs. And if you are looking for an electrician to come the same day you call, make sure they do emergency service calls and realize the price may be higher.

An eye for design

Light switches, outlets and wire may not seem like they leave a lot of room for creativity. And if you are looking for someone to do an emergency service call or a panel upgrade, you may not need much. However, if you are remodeling or building, it is necessary for the electrician to be able to see the bigger picture and not only how to wire a house to code. Ideally, you want someone who knows the code but can also give you suggestions for placement of light fixtures, switches and outlets.

Safety

When you are working with electricity, safety is paramount. You can always ask the company you are considering for proof of insurance before you hire them. And if you want to know who will be coming to your home, they should at least be able to provide a name and description of the technician who will be doing the job.

Personality

Whether the electrician will be working on your project one day or one year, it is best if you find someone you will work well with. Any construction project can be stressful so it is best to find an electrician you like as well as one who is qualified. Make sure they are accessible, friendly and someone with a sense of humor is always a plus!

Price

It is always a good idea to get a quote ahead of time but remember that cheaper isn’t always better. Expensive isn’t necessarily better either but the old adage that you get what you pay for definitely applies! You never want to cut corners on something as important as the electricity in your home.

If you have any questions or comments, contact Sasha at sasha@inthelitellc.com or visit www.inthelitellc.com. As always, we hope we’ve made your day brighter!