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How to Hire an Electrician

August 20, 2015 Guest Post

If you own a home, it’s probably fair to say that, at one point or another, you’ll end up needing to hire an electrician. Whether it’s on an emergency basis or just to install an additional outlet, an electrician can be a homeowner’s best friend. But how do you go about hiring the right one? The truth is, there isn’t one “right” electrician for each job, but there are definitely some red flags you should look out for when hiring an electrician Lakewood residents. Once you find one you like and can trust, you can forge a relationship that will last over the time you live in your home. That is beneficial because the electrician will learn the ins and outs of your home’s electrical system and will be able to make recommendations based on your home’s particular needs. By building a rapport with a qualified electrician, you can ensure they will be there when you need them.
When hiring an electrician:
1. Always get multiple bids from at least three electricians. This way, you can get an idea of the best price rather than simply going with the first electrician you come across (who may charge more than others). Don’t simply base your choice on price, however. Keep the following tips in mind as well.



2. Ask to see evidence of their education. A good company such as will require its electricians to update their training regularly to stay current on electrical codes, which are updated at regular intervals. Always ensure you are hiring an electrician with current electricians.


3. Always ask whether the electrician will pull the necessary permits to complete the work. Also, be sure you are clear on whether the cost of the permits is included in his quote or whether that will cost extra.


4. Find out what the licensing requirement are in your state and ensure any electrician you hire has the necessary licenses – and that they are current. Also check to ensure that they are bonded and insured, holding both general liability insurance and workers’ compensation coverage, which will protect you should anyone be hurt on the job on your property.


5. Find out about any specializations within the company. If you are only looking to have an outlet replaced, don’t hire a commercial electrician who specializes in fully wiring large-scale buildings. Although they can certainly handle your job, they will charge you more to do it. Be sure the electrician you hire meets your needs but isn’t a specialist in another area who may charge you more for a simple job.


6. Meet the person who will be working on your home. Always ask if the person you speak to will be at least one of the people on the job. Does the company subcontract or do the work themselves? If they subcontract, always make sure that you are covered under the subcontractor’s insurance as well.


7. Ask about their warranty. A reputable company will always back up their work with a warranty. Be wary of a company that won’t.