Six steps for choosing the right electrician
Updated: Apr 7
Electrical work is one of the things that most homeowners and DIYers are reluctant to take on- and with good reason. Working with electricity is potentially hazardous, and is best left to an expert who’s been trained and certified.
So now that we’ve established that it’s a smart decision to find an expert for your electrical needs, let’s look at a few tips on choosing the right pro for your project:
As the saying goes, “word of mouth is the best advertising”. There’s no substitute for first-hand experience, so ask your friends, family and neighbors if they’ve got any suggestions. They’ll be able to provide the good, the bad, and the ugly of their experiences and often can save you a lot of trouble down the road.
Use Google and Yelp. You can tell a lot about the quality of work, attitude, punctuality and professionalism of potential electricians by doing your research online in advance of picking up the phone to set an appointment. Use reviews, but use them wisely; keep in mind that a few negative reviews aren’t necessarily a reason not to hire someone. People sometimes post things online in the heat of the moment that aren’t always accurate or factual, so if you see negative reviews of someone you’re considering, check to see how the electrician responded to the customer, whether they’ve resolved the issue, and if they were professional and courteous.
Once you’ve narrowed the playing field to two or three possibilities, it’s time to pick up the phone and have a conversation. Do they seem knowledgeable, courteous, professional, friendly? Are they the type of person you want to invite into your home for a period of time? Make sure to ask questions: How long will the project take? What materials are involved and will they be included in the quote? Do you need to be home while they’re working? What sort of guarantee do they offer? Do they bill on an hourly or project basis? Will you know all the costs up-front? How soon can they start?
Make sure to verify that they’re licensed and that they have insurance (or are covered by their company’s plan) in case of an accident on the job.
Ask for, and check, references, preferably with customers who have done the same type of project you’re considering.
Again, make sure they guarantee their work. Don’t go on price alone. Your safety, your family’s safety, and the protection of your home and property are all riding on the quality of work your electrician performs. Make sure you’re comfortable that they’ll do the job right the first time and that they guarantee their work for the long term.
Hopefully, this provides some guidance in selecting an electrician for your next project. If we can answer any questions, or help in any way, just let us know! Thank you!
IES Home Electrical Services is a McKinney-based electrical company dedicated to providing area homeowners with the best quality of work and unparalleled customer service, backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Proudly serving McKinney, Frisco, Prosper, Celina, Gunter, Anna, Aubrey, Bonham, Crossroads, Melissa, Sherman, Farmersville, Little Elm, Princeton, Prosper, Van Alstyne, Hackberry, and Denison.
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