At some point in your life, you’ll have to hire an electrician to do something around your home. Hopefully it’s a small task or maybe it’s a large one – whichever it is, you’ll have to do some digging to find an electrician who can handle the job.
But where do you start? What questions do you ask? How do you know the guy you’re looking to hire can do the job? That’s what we’re here to answer today. Here are some tips that can help make finding the right electrician a little bit easier. Let’s jump right in!
Seems basic, right? Because it is. Look, a fundamental reality of business is that we do business with people we like. And chances are if you have good friends who have a guy, that more often than not you’ll like the guy they hired. And even better – you’ll have a frame of reference for what their experience was. Nothing is more powerful than a referral – and it can give you a great starting point. So pick up the phone, text some friends and ask!
Do you background work
Check out their website, read their reviews on google. Maybe they have a profile on BBB, who knows. Not every review is going to be sparkling and not everyone will be happy, but doing your online research and matching it up with what they present publicly on their website and other places can give you a much clearer picture of what they can and cannot do well. That’ll make finding the right fit that much easier.
Ask for some quotes
There’s never any harm in asking for multiple quotes to get a good idea of what the going rate for a particular job is in your area. The thing to keep in mind here, is that you will get what you pay for. Meaning just because a guy’s rate is low, doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll be good. The same rings true the other way though. If you see someone 20-30% over where everyone else is at, that’s probably someone worth avoiding. Either way – it’ll give you the idea of what a fair price for the requested service is – and can give you a more objective measure to help make your decision.
Make sure they’ve got the essentials
Be sure that any electrician you talk to has the proper certifications and insurances. The biggest two things are a license and insurance. Being licensed means you can count on their skills and training being up to date. You’re getting someone who’s met a certain, objective, collectively agreed upon standard. Insurance will make sure that they’re covered (and you) in the event that something happens in their home. If they don’t have insurance, don’t touch ‘em.
Finding the right person to do any job can be a real challenge. But if you follow these tips, it’ll help the right person come into a clearer focus. If you’re experiencing any issues in your home in the Largo, FL area, give us a call today and we’ll be happy to provide you with a free consultation. Good luck!