Choosing an Electrician
Whether you’re looking to upgrade service, install a new fixture, or have an electrical emergency on your hands, you need an electrician you can count on to get the job done quickly and correctly. Phoenix is a big city, and there are many electrical companies in the area to choose from; how do you decide which electrician to work with? While many people make their choice on price alone, the dollar amount provided on the estimate will not give you a clear picture of the quality and customer service experience that each electrician will provide. When getting estimates and interviewing different electrical service providers, ask the following questions to help you decide which is the best fit for your family or business.
May I see your license and proof of insurance?
Always work with a licensed electrician; it’s the best bet to ensure your safety and to get the job done correctly. Licensed electricians go through rigorous coursework and job training to meet the professional standards required by the city and state. Also, contractors need to carry proper insurance to protect their clients as well as their employees, such as liability and workers’ comp insurance, so don’t hesitate to ask to see proof that these policies are up-to-date.
Do you have experience performing this type of work?
For your safety and to ensure the quality of the work you’re having performed, you want to choose an electrician who is experienced in performing the type of electrical work you need done. Ask them to tell you about previous jobs they’ve done, and ask if they have experience working with the equipment you’re having installed (if applicable to your project).
What warranty is included?
Ask the electrician if there is a warranty included on the labor they are to perform, and the length of the warranty term. If you are having appliances or fixtures installed, ask for information regarding those equipment warranties, as well as if the contractor is equipped to perform any warranty work.
May I have a list of references?
A quality contractor will not hesitate to provide you with references you can contact. Before hiring a contractor, call a few references and ask if the customer was pleased with the work performed and their experience working with the company. Keep in mind that a contractor is likely to only provide you with positive references — it’s best to do some research on your own to as well. Check out the company’s listing on online review sites and see what previous customers are saying for themselves.
In addition to meeting these qualifications and answering your question, it’s important to choose an electrician you feel comfortable with. A professional and courteous attitude is a great trait to see in an electrician, and can make you feel at ease as your work is completed. You want to feel confident that the electrician you choose will perform quality work that meets safety standards, for the protection of your home or business, and all occupants.