Our previous article in this series looked at the reasons behind why it would be good to consider hiring an electrician for your home electrical needs. In this piece, we’ll look at some of the things you should consider before you hire an electrician. There are a lot of electricians out there, and while most of them are pretty good at what they do a few of them are less than reputable. Nothing is worse than taking on a project with a so-called professional that does shoddy work, doesn’t return calls, or surprises you with a large bill for services beyond what was initially discussed. For this reason, a little bit of prevention can go a long way to helping you make a solid decision on an electrician that delivers quality work and leaves you feeling good about the experience. Here are four things you should know before hiring an electrician:
Your electrician should be licensed
There are a lot of trades that require licensing and certification to operate in Oregon and Washington state. Electricians are one of those trades and rightly so. The problems that can stem from non-compliant electrical work are varied and can lead to complications including fire, and destruction/shorting/burn out of a personal property. Your electrician should be more than willing to talk with you about their licensing before starting work. It might be tempting to reach out to that favorite uncle or friend of a friend to handle that wiring issue, but if they’re not licensed or working to building codes, you’re talking a risk that frankly is not worth the small amount of savings.
Your electrician should stand by their work
Mistakes happen. That’s just life. But how those mistakes are rectified are important. When it’s on work you’ve paid for it says something about the person/company as to how they handle a problem and the timeframe in which they do so. Your electrician should be willing to stand by their work, and when a problem arises, give a reasonable period in which the issue will be taken care of.
Your electrician should be cost effective
There’s nothing critical than receiving an unexpected bill. Most of us are on a budget. Money doesn’t freely flow from the ground, and if you’re like us, you are seeing those dollar bills and counting the cost. Electrical work is not one of those things we plan for in our monthly budget, so working with electrical companies Calgary that does not waste time and saddle you with unneeded and excessive charges is important. Your electrician should be cost efficient and be willing to give you a reliable quote for your project and inform you in plenty of time if that amount needs to change due to unforeseen issues.
When hiring an electrician, you should think of it as a long term partnership. Most of us own a home for several decades (or multiple homes in that span of time), and having a solid, reliable electrician is a valuable asset in your home ownership toolbox. We spend a lot of time trying to find a doctor or therapist that we can work with over the long term, hiring a qualified electrician is every bit as important when it comes to the health of your home. Spend time asking the important questions up front. You’ll be glad you did.
At Hound Tree Electric we have decades of combined electric experience. We pride ourselves on partnering with our clients to create lasting relationships that solve problems. If you have questions, please feel free to contact us, and we’ll get back to you shortly.