Five Tips for Choosing the Best Electrical Contractor
One of the most important parts of building or renovating a home
is the work of the electrical contractor. The last thing you want
is a problem with your wiring or even an electrical fire. When you
are choosing an electrician, keep the following tips in mind.
- Know exactly what you want. You can make life
easier on yourself and your electrical contractor if you know what
you need from the very beginning. Are you hoping to "go green" with
your renovations? Do you live in an older house that needs serious
rewiring work? If you can guide your electrical contractor through
what you want, the professional can then guide you through what it
should take to get there.
- Listen to recommendations. Your neighbors,
family members, friends, and even colleagues at work have probably
dealt with an electrical contractor at some point. Who would they
recommend? Once you start asking questions, you may find certain
names pop up again and again.
- Do some serious research. Make a list of
contractors, and then narrow it down. The best professionals should
expect you to examine their reputation, so give them a call and ask
if they have a list of former clients you can call. Most states
require electricians to be licensed, so make sure those
requirements are met, and don't forget to check with the Better Business
- Get a firm estimate. When you've narrowed down
your list of electrical contractors, get estimates from each. A
firm estimate can give you an idea of cost for parts, labor,
repairs, and any other work that might be necessary to fulfill your
- Make the hire and then get out of the way.
Check every aspect of the estimates and contracts to make sure you
understand all the fine print, and then do what you can to make the
job easier. Make sure the workspaces are cleared of any household
items. If furniture may need to be moved, do it before the
contractor shows up. The less "extra" work a contractor has to do,
the faster the job should get done and the faster you can
experience the warm glow of new lights.
The best electrical contractors got their sterling reputations
by working many jobs over a period of years and delivering
excellent work each time. Many of the best will be listed by
contracting websites, such as Reliable
Remodeler. Take your time and do your homework to find the
perfect electrician for your particular job.
About the author: Shannon Dauphin is a
freelance writer based near Nashville, Tennessee. Her house was
built in 1901, so home repair and renovation have become her
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