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Five ways to feel good about hiring an electrician

Sep 18, 2014

Electricians are required to jump through quite a few hoops before they are considered qualified to do electrical work in your home. However, that doesn’t mean all electricians are made equal. Finding a contractor is only the first step.

Go where the references take you

Ask around for recommendations from friends, family or neighbors that have recently had electrical work done in their home. Ask the contractors you are considering to give you references from their past clients, and call those references, asking about their satisfaction level with the electrical work they paid for.

When in doubt, visit www.lightingtheqca.com to find quality electrical contractors to meet your needs.

Ask for license and registration

Every electrician should have a certificate of qualification. An electrician may also have an electrical license, which can be verified by a call to your state’s licensing board. Don’t be shy about asking for proof of qualification.

Know who you’re working with

There are two degrees of electrician: journeyman and master. A journeyman electrician is qualified by the state to install wiring and equipment, but cannot design a system. A master electrician is qualified to install and design and has at least two years of experience, though master licensing will often have even more strenuous requirements.

Mind your Ps and your Qs

Permits and quality guarantee, that is. Building permits should be taken care of by the electrical contractor, meaning their name should be the one on it, as well. This puts them in charge of meeting code and holds them liable if these regulations aren’t met.

“Always ask if the contractor is properly insured or bonded. If something does go wrong during or after your project, you want to ensure that it’s fixed properly,” said Alan Anderson, NECA Executive Manager. Anderson also adds that NECA work on new construction homes comes with a five year warranty to ensure the proper functionality of their work.

Don’t be coy

Put everything out up front; don’t leave out any issues or small jobs that you also want the electrician to take care of. This ensures that the person you hire is qualified, prepared and comfortable doing all of the work you need done and you won’t be left looking for someone else to come in and finish the job.

Find out more tips for hiring a safe and reliable contractor by visiting our website, and use our search function to find certified contractors near you! http://www.lightingtheqca.com/

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