September 30th, 2014 at 10:00 am

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Becoming a homeowner is one of the best feelings there is – until something goes wrong. While home maintenance can be a fun learning experience, it also can be dangerous if you try to make a do-it-yourself project out of a tricky home repair. If you’re not experienced with electrical work, it’s best to use a certified electrician when experiencing problems. Much like finding a good mechanic, finding a qualified, reliable and reasonably priced electrician can feel like searching for a needle in a haystack. Follow these tips to find an electrician that meets your standards.

  1. Define your project. Determine the tasks the electrician will need to perform. Make a list and be prepared to hand it over to the candidate. This will help you get the most accurate estimate ahead of time and allow you to compare multiple quotes.
  2. Get recommendations. Ask your family, friends, coworkers and neighbors. It’s likely that their experiences will be a good indicator of the service you can expect. Does a name keep coming up? That’s where you want to start.
  3. Check for online recommendations. Visit websites like Angie’s List and Yelp to see what others are saying. Make a list of the highest-rated electricians and do more research.
  4. Review Better Business Bureau ratings. Once you’ve compiled a list, start researching with the Better Business Bureau. If any on your list have bad reviews, cross them out.
  5. Ask for references. It’s OK to ask an electrician for references. It’s a good way to see what others have to say and to find out more about the quality of work and customer service.
  6. Discuss the project. Like other professions, electricians have areas of expertise. Make sure the project is within their skillset or area of expertise.
  7. Review a copy of the license. In California, electricians are required to be licensed. Be sure to see a copy of their license before you commit.


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