Finding the right electrician is not just about hiring the first name that pops up in an online search. While that would be the best-case scenario in a perfect world, the truth of the matter is that there are certain things you should look for in any potential candidate before you make a final decision on which electrician you will hire for your home. This is because many companies run marketing campaigns that can be somewhat misleading, in which they promise a variety of things that may not be completely true, resulting in shoddy work that could cost you much more money than what you’ve already invested, and even create a potentially dangerous situation that could lead to the loss of your property. Because of this, we have compiled a list of things you should look for in an electrician before you seal the deal and allow them to work on your home. Additionally, we will talk about the types of services you can expect an electrician to perform, helping you determine which electrician is best for your needs. So, without further ado, let’s get started on the most important part of this article, the things you should look for before you decide to hire any electrician.
Whether you are looking to install a new light fixture in your home, require an inspection of your electrical system, or are planning a complete remodel of your property, you are going to have to find a reputable electrician to get the job done. However, in order to find the best professional for your needs, there are a few things you should look for. Keep in mind that the electrician that has the experience, knowledge and training required to fulfill the following qualifications should be considered a prime candidate for the job:
They should have adequate vocational training.
One of the first qualifications a reputable professional should have is to have completed a vocational training program at a community college or trade school. Electrical work should not be taken lightly, and electricity is dangerous, so formal training is a necessity.
They must have experience in projects that are similar to yours.
It is common knowledge that electrical professionals tend to specialize, so make sure the person you are looking to hire has ample experience in the type of work you require. While most electrical contractors can perform the most basic tasks, when you are working on a larger project, such as remodeling your kitchen, it is always best to find somebody that has the knowledge and experience in that area.
Their license and permits should be up-to-date and current.
A license granted by the state is, effectively, an endorsement of the professional’s training and knowledge. Make sure it is current and all required permits have been updated. If a potential candidate does not have a current license, or refuses to show it to you, it is best to look elsewhere so you don’t end up regretting your decision to hire them.
They should be able to show you valid proof of insurance.
A reputable electrical professional should always carry general liability insurance to cover any damages that could result from any accidents during the time they are working on your project. Accidents happen, so when they do, it is best to count on an insurance policy to cover the cost of repairs.
Their online reviews should be positive.
It is always a good idea to check an electrical contractor’s online reputation. Always look for contractors with at least 50 reviews and a 4.5 or higher star rating. Make sure you read the most recent reviews to get a good feel for the contractor’s standing within your community.
What Types of Services Do They Perform?
As we mentioned above, electrical professionals tend to specialize, but no matter what their specialization might be, there are many common tasks they can all carry out, including the following:
- Installation and repair of indoor lighting systems.
- Installation and repair of outdoor lighting systems.
- Installation, repair, and replacement of electrical outlets.
- Installation, repair, and replacement of electrical wiring.
- Detailed electrical inspections.
- Installation and repair of electrical panels.
- Installation and repair of circuit breakers.
- Installation and repair of security systems.
- Installation of certain household appliances.
- Installation of emergency lighting systems.
- Fault testing and repair of electrical equipment.
- Maintenance of electrical systems and installations.
A Final Word
One of the most important things to keep in mind when you are looking for the best electrical professional for your needs is that it is always worth it to take the time to verify all of their claims. While checking their online reviews is a big part of this, it is always worth asking for references. An electrical contractor that balks at the idea of providing said references should raise a red flag that makes you look elsewhere. A reputable professional will always provide the references you are requesting, so make sure you give them a call to ask about their own experiences with the contractor. Ask about the professional’s punctuality, demeanor, willingness to explain the work that will be performed, and how happy overall they were with the work that was performed. Taking the time to do this will ensure your own experience is as pleasant as that of the people you have spoken to, so don’t hesitate to do so.
If you are looking for the best electrician to work on your home’s electrical system, your best bet will always be to turn to Mister Sparky of Myrtle Beach. With many years of experience in the field, a pristine reputation for high-quality service, and the knowledge and training to resolve any number of electrical issues you might face, at Mister Sparky of Myrtle Beach our never-ending mission is a job well done, the first time, and all the time. So, when your home is going through an electrical problem, simply pick up your phone and give Mister Sparky of Myrtle Beach a call!
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