Are your lights blinking? Do you need to add another receptacle in an area that doesn’t have one? Does a breaker keep tripping for no reason? It sounds like you need an electrician. But hiring an electrician can be a frustrating experience. It can also be expensive unless you hire the right person who will save you money (and trouble) in the long run. When choosing an electrician to come out to work on your house, no matter how small the project, being licensed and insured should be a requirement.
Hire Licensed Electrician That’s Local
You might be wondering why hiring an insured electrician is so important. Here are a few reasons:
First and foremost, your safety is of the utmost importance. A properly licensed and insured electrician is more likely to do the job correctly, reducing the risk of injury to you or anyone else. Death or injury by electric shock due to an improperly wired outlet, switch, or other mishap is a very real danger. To avoid this sort of accident, you are better off hiring a reputable, licensed, and insured electrician.
Being licensed is not necessarily the best, but it is a start. There are licensed electricians that are not up to par. Some do not have the correct training because they trained under other shoddy electricians. Being licensed is not necessarily being the best. I’ve seen licensed electricians do such bad work in my life that I couldn’t believe that a licensed electrician would have done such a thing. But, it still happens. Just because they are licensed ddoesn’tmeant they are going to do the right thing. I’ve seen a lot of electricians that were licensed and I wouldn’t trust them to wire my dog house.
Homeowners must realize that some electricians pay their way to be known yet do not pay to be good. Many will pay their way through. Some will join local groups that rate them – after they pay a fee, of course – and the rating comes from the business owner. I don’t believe in joining an organization to be popular. I stand on my work.
Tired of Paying High Electric Bills?
I was tired of paying rent to my local utility company. I was tired of them increasing my bills.
My money was going in their pocket. But no more!
I found ways to reduce my bills and put that money back into my pockets.
If an electrician has a good reputation and carries the appropriate licensing and insurance, he is much likely to perform good work and leave no loose ends, which means your home and the people in it are likely in good hands.
If an electrician is licensed and insured they are more likely to actually have the experience and know how to fix all manner of electrical issues. Think of it like a screening process or necessary resume detail.
It’s not that someone can’t be a talented electrician without being licensed and insured, it’s just that a licensed and insured reputable electrician is very unlikely to be very unskilled or a phony.
It is highly unlikely that a shoddy repairman trying to pass himself off as an experienced electrician is going to go through the trouble of obtaining a fake license and proof of insurance, but it doesn’t hurt to call and verify with the state licensing office that they have valid coverage for the task being done.
If an accident occurs, you want to be covered for any damages. In the worst possible scenario, if some terrible accident occurred at the hands of an uninsured electrician, you could be responsible for the damages to your home and whatever medical bills are incurred by anyone involved in the accident. This includes any damage or injury that the electrician suffers as well. Yes, you could be responsible for someone else’s mistake if the electrician is not properly insured.
A properly licensed and insured electrician is required to have a certain level of liability insurance coverage depending on the extent of the job. That way, if an accident does occur, both you and the electrician are covered.
Hire Licensed Electrician
Hiring a reputable electrician who is licensed and insured might cost more than a handyman that you found on Craigslist, but in the end the extra expense is worth it. With any luck no accidents will occur and your project will be done quickly and without incident, but in the event that something does go wrong, you want to know that you and your family are covered.
The best way to hire licensed electrician is the old fashion way, by word of mouth. If an electrician has done good work for a neighbor, go check out the work he did. If that neighbor is saying that this electrician is good and they would hire them again, then that neighbor is giving him a good reference.
- Check out their work. See what they’ve done.
- Check out their references
- See if the contractor was good
- Was he on time
- Did he accomplish the job
- Did he charge 10 times more after the job was finished
There are a lot of things to consider because contractors have bad reputations for over-charging when they have already made an agreement on a job. A lot of times I will take a loss on a job rather than charge a customer additional costs. But that’s why I’m still in business after 25 years.
Some electricians are fighting to get their business known. They are not going to do it by shoddy work, that’s for sure. The shoddy work will eventually catch up with them. I know a local electrician that it caught up with him. Nobody will hire him anymore. But guess what? They hire his predecessor.
Who would you hire to troubleshoot a tripping breaker or blinking lights in your home?