While having any type of electrical work done in your home – big or small – it is crucial to get quality work done in the first place. Next it is important that the job is done at the right price. Choosing the electrician is never an easy task. Moreover, if you do not know what to look for, then choosing the right tradesman for your work becomes even more difficult.
Considering this problem, let us explore few tried and tested tips in the paragraphs below that will make your task easier.
Importance of license and insurance in every kind of electrical works
The single most crucial factor to consider while choosing an electrician is whether they possess the necessary license to carry out the work. The tradesman’s license is the assurance for a consumer or client that the contractor has completed the necessary courses as well as practical assignments to finish the work correctly and safely. You should always ask an electrician to show his license before hiring. Make sure that the license is still valid and also perform an online check on it if possible.
The license your candidate shows must cover the type of work you intend to get done. In this context you must be told that some electrical licences include certain restrictions. Apart from the licensing issue you must ensure your candidate possesses all the necessary insurances so that you are safe and covered in case of any untoward incident that may occur. After all electricity is potentially hazardous – it can even claim lives. Make sure to see the copies of their insurance policies. Carefully note whether the policies have expired.
Ensure value for your hard-earned money
Before commencing any electrical work in your home or office, you should at least collect 3 quotations from three different contractors. As a matter of fact, the more quotes you collect the better. Be very clear and distinct in your communication. Never shy away from telling them exactly the work that you need to get done and the fittings and materials you prefer to use. Based on these basic requirements you mention, a contractor prepares his quote. Make sure a contractor breaks down the prices to the granular level so that you can compare it easily with other quotes. Last but nevertheless the least, all quotes you receive must be in some kind of written form so that it can be produced as evidence by both parties in case any dispute occurs at any stage of the project.
You should never select an electrician only on the basis of the price he quotes. There are other crucial factors that you must take into account before taking your decision. What are those factors? Read on to know more –
Qualifications and experience do matter
Every electrician is never the same – some may possess more qualifications and skill sets whereas some may not. The same goes for their experience – some may have more experience and exposure to the industry than others. Some may have accreditations whereas some may be experienced in different and specified areas of electricity.
When you hire a Master Electrician you are assured the professional possesses at least 3 years of experience and there is a 12-month warranty on his workmanship. Moreover when you involve a Master Electrician, your work is done with the highest level of electrical safety as well as workmanship. In easier words, it ensures a greater value of your hard-earned money in the long run.
Electrical utility charges are steadily sky-rocketing and thus the aspect of energy efficiency becomes increasingly relevant. Electricians who possess accreditations on energy efficiency obviously have much greater knowledge and insight on energy saving technology and the related products.
Ask for recommendations
Recommendations from your trusted souls are a great way indeed in choosing the right electrician. When you know your friends or family have received a positive memorable experience with an electrician and are satisfied with the level of service you can easily take an informed decision. Therefore do request your close friends, acquaintances, family members and colleagues to recommend you some good electricians that is – if they have any.
Attitude and quality of communication do matter
No likes having a tradesman around who shows a bad attitude. Even a sloppy workmanship is never preferred either. Note if they arrive for the quote on time. In case they are hold back, did they voluntarily inform you about the unexpected stuck up? Do they communicate with you and if yes, what is the quality of that communication? There must not be any scope for miscommunication between you and your hired electrician. If and only if you understand each other clearly, your project will come out smoothly on time. Usually a professional attitude gets reflected in the quality of workmanship for these tradesmen.
Your checklist for choosing the right electrician
Here is a small checklist that will help you recognising the right electrical tradesman.
- Check the licences as well as insurance policies
- Make sure they offer you a competitive quotation
- If you have a specialised, do they possess the necessary experience in that particular field?
- Were they recommended to you by some friend or colleague? Else, can they provide any references?
If you keep these factors in your mind while looking for a reliable and skilled electrician, your search will both be easier and faster. In this ongoing age of virtual web, you can also browse online directories to contact electricians across your area or county.
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