Staying Safe Around Electricity At Home

Ensuring The Best Results With An Electrician

by Victoria Leclercq

Your home requires electrical repairs, and you're looking to find a qualified electrician or electrical contractor. But you aren't sure where to begin. This simple process will help you narrow your search down to the best candidates.

Checklist For Pre-Hiring Procedures

Before hiring an electrical contractor, you need to create a list of local experts and eliminate ones that don't work for you. Cut your list of potential electrical contractors by gauging this information:

  • Ask for written estimates
  • Contact local authorities to verify licenses
  • Search the company online to find any complaints
  • Discuss references
  • Ask about the materials and tools that will be used

Check their rates versus the average electrician charges: the national average is about $54.39/hour, but you may be able to find someone with high quality references and reviews for less.

Ask Them To Explain The Job

Before agreeing to hire your electrician, you need ask them several questions about the job. These questions will keep you on the right track:

  • What aspects of the electrical system will it utilize – Ask about the specific wiring, any kind of fuse, and where it's located.
  • How it will be performed – Will it require removing portions of wall in your home? What tools will be used and how much damage can you expect them to do?
  • Gauging its success – How will your electrical flow change? Will these repairs disrupt flow to certain areas or will it work just fine?
  • Time frame – How long will it take? What time will they be coming into the home? How long will the power be out?

Asking these questions helps ensure a few things. First, it keeps you on-task with your electrical contractor. Second, it helps you gauge their understanding of the process, giving you an insight into the level of their expertise.

Stay Out Of Their Way

Once you've hired your electrician, you need to let them get to work on the job without interfering. Your natural instinct will be to carefully track their progress and help out, but you're just likely to get in the way. And your contractor is likely to be working with live wires, which puts you at risk of electrical shock. However, you should be around the house when they are working: being available in case of emergencies (such as severed wires) can help keep your electrician safe from danger.

By following this process, you can streamline the repair process, make it more successful, and even save you money by allowing your electrician to work more efficiently and effectively.