Electrical jobs in the home are not always an easy undertaking. The idea of all of that wattage coursing through the home can be very intimidating when performing repairs, but it is imperative that an electrical issue is resolved as soon as possible before it becomes an overly expensive proposition. If you do not feel comfortable completing an electrical job yourself, contact an electrical consultant, but ask some questions before you hire one.
Ask an electrical contractor who represents themselves to provide proof that they carry general liability and worker’s compensation insurance. Electricity is not something that is inherently safe, and all contractors worth their money will have insurance to cover them and anyone else if something should go wrong. This covers any damage that may come to the home as well. There is a possibility that your homeowner’s insurance would leave you high and dry due to negligence, and injuries can lead to ugly and expensive lawsuits.
Any time you are in the market for any kind of good or service, you probably look to those individuals and businesses that have been plying their trade the longest. Electrical contractors should also be evaluated in a similar fashion. When calling around, ask your potential contractor how long he or she has been performing his or her respective job. Those who have been in the game the longest will come with more experience and likely have a long list of satisfied customers. After all, if they did a shoddy job, no new clients would come on board. Electrical work consists of many different branches, so make sure the contractor is certified to perform the work you need done. Someone certified in a branch of electricity that is not related to your needed task will do you no good.
It would be unwise to simply hire the first electrical contractor listed in the phone book. You should acquire at least three estimates, if not more. It might take some digging, but find contractors who provide free estimates on the phone. Failure or refusal to do so could be an indication of disorganization, inexperience, or laziness. Some may offer a free estimate but charge a trip fee if they come out to the house. Keep these factors in mind while shopping around.
Asking questions when hiring an electrical contractor is the only way to ensure that you find one right for you. Look for those who are established and do quality work. That way, you electrical issues are resolved without costing you too much money.