Top 6 Things to Look for When Choosing an Electrician
We rely on electricity to power our lives, our ambition, and our imagination. In fact, you’re reading this article on a digital device right now. Think about how often you consult your smartphone for data, or gaze up at your TV for entertainment, or down at your computer to process all of the emails that flood your inbox every day.
Why not put those resources to great use? Scroll down to learn how to best assess any and all electricians before hiring them.
The following six metrics are great guidelines when it comes to analyzing your needs, identifying some solutions, and creating a great working relationship with a qualified team of knowledgeable experts who can bring your electrical needs to light.
THE PROPER ACCREDITATION
First thing’s first: does the electrician in question have the proper license and updated insurance? Perform a quick search to make sure that the people with whom you’re conversing aren’t just telling you what you want to hear.
Becoming licensed and insured is a process that verifies that a worker or company has met the strict guidelines required to practice in our home state. It’s a contract with legality, with the public, and with our own sense of professionalism. If an electrician on your list doesn’t meet these basic standards, then it’s time to switch them off.
Now that you have verified that your electrician is legally cleared to practice, now you must ask yourself if his or her experience is right for the job at hand. For example, if you need a new chandelier light fixture for your church, you wouldn’t trust someone who has only outfitted garages. Experience matters, which is why we pride ourselves on a vast array of past projects, from hospitals to casinos to those aforementioned churches. Our resume speaks for itself, and it speaks volumes!
From high-profile clients including Chase Bank, Marriott Hotels, State Farm Insurance, and Outback Steakhouse to small businesses like Jason’s Deli, Parker Playhouse, and Uniform Advantage to schools such as Kendale Elementary, Weston Christian Academy, and Renaissance Charter, we cover a staggering spectrum of disciples, demands, and daily achievements.
WORD OF MOUTH
You ask friends and loved ones for advice about where to eat, what to wear, and how to spend your quality time, so why don’t you ask around about getting the right worker for the job at hand? Don’t just trust an electrician at his or her word; get a second, third, and one-millionth opinion. In fact, social media is a great start when it comes to researching a company. Studies show that these ubiquitous platforms influence 74% of us when we are making consumer decisions. Facebook leads the pack, driving 86% of the public to discuss their choices online before spending their money in real life. So, be sure to check out those FB reviews before diving into a working relationship with an unknown commodity
BANG FOR THE BUCK(S)
Let’s face it: you’ve been reading this article for several paragraphs and asked yourself many times, “But, how much does it cost?” Great question and you deserve an accurate answer. Be sure to get an estimate from an electrician you’re thinking about hiring, but don’t just look for the bottom lines; read between them. A proper estimate will have a breakdown of services and supplies. This is your roadmap to making a well informed, well-documented decision. Is the list complete? Is it overkill? Is it designed to trick you into thinking you’re getting a bargain, but will cost you more money down the road? Be sure to ask questions about every item on this list, and also take the time to contact more than one electrician. Now that you have multiple estimates, it’s time to compare, contract, and consider!
Is your electrician friendly, courteous, and open to listening to your home improvement needs? If not, then why are you bothering with him or her? Your business is valuable, and you deserve to be heard. But it’s not just about a superficial back and forth; communication is essential in creating an open dialogue for the complicated and numerous details of your impending project. You will need an electrician who can listen to every call-out on your wish list, to respond with expertise and patience, and to respond with a plan of action. If you get a “bad vibe” from your initial contact with the support team at a firm on your list, then how do you think the situation will improve down the road? Speaking of down the road...
To “follow up” on the concept above, it’s worth noting how responsive your prospective electrician is. Sure, it’s nice to have an initial phone call with them, but it’s even more important to create a consistent and reliable chain of communication with them. Questions will arise, and you want answers, not a random voicemail. Does your project have a point person? What is his or her availability? Have you discussed the scope of your project, including a start date, a projected end date, and a contingency plan if the particulars don’t pan out exactly as planned? If your point person isn’t immediately available, is there a backup contact?
These questions may seem overwhelming at first, but any qualified and trusted electrician should be able to answer them with confidence. And confidence is job one when it comes to your home and office needs. Call us today and let’s start planning!