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Top Tips on How To Hire an Electrician

By Karin Mangan
Top Tips on How To Hire an Electrician

Faulty wiring is a fire hazard and home wiring problems can lead to electric shock or even electrocution. So it is important to hire an electrician who knows what he or she is doing.

How to Hire an Electrician

  • Check Credentials. An electrician should be licensed. You can find out about local license requirements in your area from the local building department or official. To practice as an electrician, trainees must pass an examination that tests their understanding of electrical theory, local and state electric and building codes, and electrical theory.
  • Check Insurance. An electrician should have liability insurance so they are covered if they or anyone else is hurt during or as a result of their work, or if property or fittings are damaged.
  • Compare Costs. Get several bids or estimates for the work. Make sure the estimates are itemized and comprehensive so you know exactly what you are being billed for and how much the completed job is going to cost. When you hire an electrician, make sure you have an agreed estimate in writing.
  • Pay for Quality. Money should not be the main deciding factor. In other aspects of your life, you expect to pay for quality, and you aren't surprised if cheap goods break or break down. That is not a risk you want to take with your home wiring! You should be prepared to pay a reasonable rate for a professional electrician to perform electrical work correctly and to code.
  • Check References. Recent, verifiable references are essential to show that the electrician you hire has carried out previous work safely and to the satisfaction of the customer. Other factors of the service they offer should include reliability and courteousness. You don't want an electrician who fails to turn up at your home when you've taken time off work, or one who is rude or difficult to work with, especially if you are hiring an electrician for a long term project.
  • Obtain a Guarantee for the Work. For larger electrical jobs, you should hire an electrician who offers a warranty with his or her services. This should be a formal, written document that clearly states the action he or she will take to remedy any faults that arise within a specified time frame.
  • Verify Reputation. If you know others who have had electrical work done, ask about the electrician they used.

Hiring a well trained, licensed electrician can give you the confidence that your home wiring is in the hands of a professional.

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