Avoid Mistakes When Hiring an Electrician

Avoid Mistakes When Hiring an Electrician - Lee Company

You probably don’t think about it often, but the electrical system behind the walls powers everything that makes living in your home comfortable and convenient, from the lights and the heating and cooling system to the internet connection and the kitchen appliances.

Even a minor problem like a broken light switch can be a major headache. When you need a repair or want to make an upgrade, it’s time for professional help. But hiring an electrician is not something you do every day. How do you know who to call?

Here are some tips from the pros at Lee Company. We have almost 80 years of experience providing heating, cooling, electrical, plumbing, appliance service, and other professional services and are ready to help.

Ask for referrals

Referrals are a great way to find reputable businesses, and electricians are no exception. Ask friends, family, or neighbors to recommend someone they trust. You can also check with regulators and the Better Business Bureau to be sure the electrician has a record of good business practices.

If you’re looking for someone experienced in a specific area, such as installing or maintaining a generator, ask around until you find someone who has worked with that type of equipment. Keep in mind that just because an electrician has been referred to you doesn’t mean they will be the best fit for your needs. Do some research to ensure their skills and experience match what you’re looking for.

Ask about qualifications

The person you hire should have a state electrician’s license and be happy to show it to you. He or she will have several years of on-the-job experience and will have passed an exam. Some places require local licenses, as well. Large jobs may require a general contractor’s license.

Only a properly licensed professional can legally work as an electrician, pull permits, and pass inspections. Those rules protect you and your family. Electrical work can be dangerous if not done properly. Having the proper documentation can also protect the value of your property if you decided to sell.

Even experienced DIY-ers should think twice about tackling a home electrical project. Even small mistakes such as adding too much current to a circuit or failing to ground it properly can be deadly. Improperly completed work could cause a shock or start a fire.

Request an estimate in writing

Once you’ve found someone who seems like a good fit, be sure to ask for an estimate. That way there are no surprises when the final bill arrives. First, the electrician will need to come to your property. If they offer to give you a price without seeing the job first, it’s best to find someone else. Their estimate could be wildly inaccurate and your project could cost more than you anticipated.

The estimate should include an explanation of the work to be done and the cost of labor and materials. Your contractor should also tell you when your project will start and how long it should take. Be sure to get all of the details in writing.

Your electrician should keep you informed throughout the project. At Lee Company, our professionals document their work with our visual findings platform. The technology captures photos and videos in real-time to enable customers to assess challenges, make confident decisions, and document work. A picture really is worth one thousand words.

Ask about insurance

Don’t assume the person or company you hire is insured. They might be legally exempt, so you need to ask. General liability insurance protects you if your property is damaged. Workers’ compensation insurance protects workers injured on the job. Hiring an uninsured electrician could result in claims against your homeowner’s policy.

Electrical services from Lee Company

For emergencies or day-to-day electrical jobs, Lee Company is here to help. Our expert electricians have the knowledge and experience to find the best solutions for your home or facility. Contact us today if you’re looking to hire an electrician who will get the job done from start to finish.

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