What To Know Before Hiring An Electrician
Are you moving into a newly built house or office and not have any power? Perhaps you’re just needing some maintenance work done on your pre-existing location’s wiring? If this is the case, then you’re probably looking for a trustworthy electrician. The problem is, how do you know which one to hire? Trying to search for one on the Internet will probably give you a headache with all the options that will be listed for you. Here are a few guidelines to help you find the right one.
The most important thing you need to find out first is if they are properly licensed. In Florida you are required to hold a current and valid license from the Department of Business and Professional Regulation in the specialty for which he or she is contracting. If you choose to hire an electrician that does not hold proper licensing, then the DBPR will not be able to assist you with any complaint and unfortunately, civil court may be your only option to resolve the matter. Unless you want to spend a lot more of your time and money to resole this kind of matter, so for your own sake – MAKE SURE THEY ARE LICENSED! To do this you can ask to see their pocket license and also a different form of identification to see if the names match.
Here are a few more questions you should ask before hiring an electrician:
Do you carry general liability insurance?
This will protect your property in case of any damage caused by the electrician by covering the costs of repairs. Ask to see proof of insurance.
Do you carry workers’ compensation insurance?
This will protect you in the off chance that the electrician somehow gets injured while working on your property. If they don’t have this insurance then you could be liable. Make sure they have this.
Knowledge is power!
Will you pull all the required building permits?
When they do this, it will ensure that the work they do will be up to code. Any reputable electrician will permit every job where required.
Do you guarantee your work?
The best thing to do is to make sure that they guarantee their work for at least one year from completion. There are many that will guarantee their work for two or even up to three years from completion.
Do you provide written references?
Look for well-established contractors with several client references from the past 6 months to a year. Be sure to ask family, friends, and neighbors as well to see if they know of a reputable electrician.
When you hire and electrician you are paying for quality service, and the degree of that service will determine the quality of the finished project. To make sure you get the right professional electrician, be sure to do a little homework of your own. It’s never a bad idea to have as much information as possible. Knowledge is power! Once you have found a reputable and established electrician, make sure you get along with them as well, as you may be working with them for a while on an extended project.