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Five Tips for Choosing the Best Electrical Contractor

Five Tips for Choosing the Best Electrical Contractor

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August 20, 2009

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 Bureau.
  4. 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 electricity needs.
  5. 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 hobbies.

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