Can you think of an electrical job around your home or business that needs to be done? Many people think that it’s a good idea to do it themselves – but this is something that you should never attempt. You should always make the effort to hire a good, professional electrician. But there can be such a big number of contractors to choose from! So, how should you choose between them? Here are some things to keep in mind:
• Do your research
The first thing you need to work out is exactly what work you need done, right down to the last light bulb! You need to do this before you hire a contractor so that you can avoid confusion between the two of you. Also, contractors will have different specialties and this can help you find the person with experience suited to the job. Once you know these basics, you should do some groundwork. The Internet is a great tool for discovering more about different types of jobs and for reading information about different businesses.
You should also know your budget – how much do you have to spend and what is the absolute top dollar you are willing to pay? You could even call a few companies to get a very rough idea of what the cost would be and exactly what would be involved in the job you need done. This might sound time consuming but remember – the more research you do the more likely you are to get the best electrical contractor to do your job.
• Get competitive quotes
You will want to get quotes from more than one electrical contractor. In fact, the more quotes you get, the better! Make sure you communicate clearly with the person doing the quote so that they know exactly what you are looking for and make sure that you relay the same information to each person. This will ensure that everyone is quoting on exactly the same job. You should always ask for itemised quotes – that is, the quote will show a cost breakdown for each part of the job. The breakdown should include different items such as parts and labour. Once you have a bunch of quotes in hand you can do a comparison between them, using the itemised lists as a guide to who is charging more or less for different aspects of the job. Try to remember that just because someone has quoted at a very cheap price doesn’t mean that they are going to be the person you should immediately hire. Money isn’t everything! When it comes to your property you should hire the best person for the job whose quote falls into your price range.
• Look at credentials
Before you offer anyone a job, there is one more thing to look at – you need to make sure that the electrician carries relevant certification. They will have earned certification from a governing body in their industry and at that time will have been tested to ensure that they have strong skills and proper training. If they are not certified, you should walk away now, as you never know what sort of work you are going to end up with. You should also ask to see testimonials or evidence of past work, if they are available.
If everything checks out and you want to offer the contractor the job, it is crucial that you communicate your expectations to them. You should meet with them to discuss the finer details of the job and what it will involve. Ask as many questions as you want – this is your time to assure yourself that this is the right person for the job.
Don’t get bogged down in all the choice when you are looking for an electrical contractor. If you research, get quotes, look at credentials and communicate then you are taking the right steps to ensure that you get the best person available to you.