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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Discuss the project. Like other professions, electricians have areas of expertise. Make sure the project is within their skillset or area of expertise.
- 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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