When you have an electrical problem, you need to put the effort into finding an electrician, because there are just too many reasons to use a professional electrician rather than doing the work yourself.
However, while finding an electrician isn’t hard, finding a qualified electrician is a bit of another story. Luckily, there are some easy things you can do to make finding an electrician easier. Here are just a few.
Ask About Their Training.
If you need an electrician, you need to make sure they know what they’re doing. A reputable electrical company will require its crew to take regular training so that they remember their stuff, learn about new technologies, and stay up to date on the National Electrical Code, which is changed every three years.
Find Out the Status of Their Licensing.
First, find out if your state requires electricians to have a license, and then check to make sure that the electrical company in question is up to date on its licensing. If they’re not, well, that’s as good as any sign that they perform shoddy work, which could cause serious damage to your home. To get licensing information, you can use Angie’s List, which has a tool that checks licensing.
See If They Offer a Warranty.
A qualified, professional electrician should be willing to stand by his or her work. If something goes wrong after they’ve fixed the problem, they should be willing to redo the work, free of charge. Find out if the electrical companies in question offer parts and labor warranties, because they should.
Once you’ve found a few qualified electricians, use these tips to narrow the list down, so that you can get a quote from an electrician you know will do a great job. If you have any questions about finding an electrician, or any other general questions — such as when to call an electrician — please feel free to share in the comments.