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Choosing an electrician can be a difficult task, but the reality is that many electrical repairs are best left to the pros. Even if you are new to the area, however, you can simplify the task of choosing an electrician by doing your homework and trusting your instincts.
Choose An Electrician You Can Count On
Understand What You Need
Before you start your search for an electrician, take a moment to understand your needs. Do you need an outlet or appliance installed? Maybe you’re renovating or adding on to your home? The scope of work for your project will make a difference in the abilities and experience of the electrician you decide to hire.
Begin your search by polling friends, relatives or your new neighbors for recommendations for a good residential electrician. If you’ve got a wide social circle, chances are you’ll know someone who’s had electrical work done in the past. If not, widen your search by using the phone book, Internet or by contacting the National Electrical Contractors Association (www.necanet.org). The search for a good electrician is always a great excuse to start up a natural conversation with, and get to know your new neighbors.
Once you’ve narrowed your search down to three or four possible candidates, be sure to ask to see a copy of their current state license. You can typically confirm the validity of a license with your state license board. Also, you’ll want to be sure prospective electrical contractors are insured (including workman’s compensation) and bonded.
Get references from any residential electrician you’re considering and make sure to check the references yourself. Ask past customers detailed questions about the quality of the electrician and if the customer would choose the electrician again for future work.
Get it in Writing
Find out if the electrician offers a warranty on her work and make sure you can see a written copy of the warranty. A professional, certified electrician will have no problem providing a guarantee for his work.
Trust the Force
As you interview electricians, don’t be afraid to let instinct guide you. Do you feel uncomfortable or relaxed when talking to this person? Certifications and references won’t matter if you can’t create a comfortable working relationship with a person. Remember, you always have the option of moving on to another potential contractor.