Note: Throughout this article we'll use the terms electrician and electrical contractor interchangably. There are differences between the two, but we always recommend you hire a state certified electrical contractor company. Electrical contractors have passed state exams and operate under a strict set of rules protecting residential, industrial, and commercial customers.
Once you've made the decision to hire an electrician or electrical contractor, it's important that you hire the right one. Choosing the right electrician is extremely important, and can have serious implications should the wrong decision be made. In this article, we'll look at a few ways to make sure you're on the right track.
Most importantly, you need to make certain the the electrician is licensed and insured, with an adequate amount of insurance coverage protecting your property. Many contractors carry only as much insurance as is required by state law. When choosing an electrician, make certain that they have enough general liability to cover your property should damage occur.
Next, it's important to make cerrtain the the electrician is actually qualified to perform the work. Many electricians may specialize in particular areas of expertise, with little experience in the specifics of what's required for your job. Talk to your potential electrician about your project, and make sure he feels comfortable performing this work. It may not always be the easiest thing to determine whether or not someone actually knows what he's doing, particularly if you're not familiar with the specifics of the job yourself. This is where a little research or a little intuition come into play. Above all, make sure you're comfortable with the persona of the electrician you hire.
With the above said, there are a few basic guiding principles you can use when assessing whether or not an electrician is a good fit for the work you need performed.
- A good electrician will likely have company vehicles with clearly labelled company identfication.
- A good electrician will have business cards with their name, telephone number and licensing information printed upon them.
- A good electrician will answer your calls or email or website inquiries promptly and courteuosly. Their communication with you should be straightforward, polite, and professional.
- A good electrician will always do a job to the best of their ability, to proper electrical code requirements, and won't cut corners that could potentialy endanger your life or property. Electrical codes exist and are enforced to protect the entity hiring an electrician. Good electricians understand the risks of performing substandard work, and will refuse to do so. Sometimes it may cost a little more to do the job correctly, and the good electrician might lose the job because of it. The unqualified electrician might be willing to put you at risk to get the job. This is one of the most important tips we can provide. Remember that imporperly done electrical work can cause electrical fires and risks to property and life.
- A good electrician will take into account plans for the future, and allow for an appropriate amount of growth after the job is completed. It's important to consider how the electrical component will need to perform in the future, as well as in the present, and a good electrician will make these considerations and inform you of them.
- A good electrician will understand that as a home or business owner, you're not necessarily an expert in electrical services and terminology. The right electrician will speak to you in terms that you're comfortable with, make recommendations with your best interests in mind, and explain the work they're doing and why they're doing it. A good electrician should be delighted in answering any questions you might have about the work they're going to perform, and should be willing to share their knowledge with the consumer.