Ways to Find a Great Electrician*
*Before You Need One
Electricity is one of those things that most people take for granted. As long as the power flows when we plug in an appliance and nothing sparks or flickers, we’re inclined to not think about it.
But then one day something happens. Whether it's flickering lights, sparks emanating from a light switch, appliance failure, or the sound of the kids shrieking when all of the power goes out.
The important thing is to find an electrician before one becomes necessary due to a critical situation. The preference is to find an electrician when it's time to put in a new ceiling fan or to add some security lights to the front yard or some other non-emergency matter. But, time is a luxury we don’t all have all the time, so here is a run-down on some of the ways to find a great electrician:
1) Licensed, bonded, insured
It’s always great to have a handyman, and we love them, too, because they can come out and do several things at once. But, electrical work is one of those things that it is better to have someone who is certified. Electrical work, done incorrectly, can cause an electrocution or fire, and exponentially increase problems.
2) Read the online reviews
Yelp, Google Places, and even Facebook are some options for finding an electrician in the area. Consistency is the key. A company with high ratings is the best bet. As with any review system, there may be one or two who end up being unhappy. That's human nature and not unexpected; it just means service people have to give every job their very best effort. If customers leave reviews which express they’re consistently unhappy with the company, try someone with better ratings.
*You need an electrician you can trust during an emergency.
3) Smart home, smart electrician
A good electrician keeps an eye on current technology and innovation. When it comes to new things on the market, a good electrician is one of the first people to find out more about it.
A good electrician will take continuing classes, constantly look for ways to learn new things, keep abreast of innovation and new technology. Electrical work used to be wires and switches. Electrical work now is solar, wireless, and smart.
4) Referrals from family, co-workers, and other pros.
Electricians build their client base one happy customer at a time. Word spreads when an electrician shows up on time, troubleshoots, fixes the problem and gets your power back on in a hurry. A good electrician is sensitive to a customer's inconvenience and safety.
Even merchants from other service professions know the good from the bad since service professionals frequently have to cooperate with one another on jobs. So, sometimes a trusted plumber or HVAC company can recommend someone.
5) Sample their work before an emergency
To create a connection to an electrical company before an emergency, the easiest way to do that is to have them come out and do a non-emergency call--maybe add some recessed lighting or install that ceiling fan. That way it's possible to see their work firsthand and develop a relationship.
*Before You Need One