There’s no harm in hiring an electrician even of the simplest electrical jobs. It’s actually the best step to take. When it comes to electrical wiring, you should never take chances. Question is, how do you choose the best Dallas residential electrician?
Seek recommendations from friends, neighbors, colleagues, etc. This is typically the safest route to an electrician (or any tradie actually). If that isn’t possible, you can always search the web for prospects.
Requesting for Quotes
Upon getting a few names, call each electrician on your list and ask for a quote. Find out if you will be charged an hourly rate and how much, and if there will be a call-out charge. Also ensure that the quotes come complete with all materials to be used, side by side with their prices.
Before actually hiring an electrician, check if they will provide a guarantee for their work. If they won’t, it only means they have no confidence in their abilities, so neither should you.
One thing you should never forget when hiring an electrician is that they are not created equal. Like other professionals and tradespeople, they have specializations too. Pick someone who is right for the task, even if that means paying a little more.
Local or National
Know whether an electrician is working independently or under a national company. The latter is probably more expensive but they can provide extra peace of mind, considering the normally strict service standards that national companies maintain. On the other hand, local electricians are members of your community and will do everything to protect their good name.
License and Insurance
Definitely, you should hire an electrician only if they hold a valid license within your jurisdiction and have insurance. The stakes of hiring someone without both are just too high.
Client references are the closest thing to actually having an experience with an electrician. If the electrician can’t or doesn’t want to give you any, don’t bother nagging them and just move on to your next prospect.
Better Business Bureau
Find out with the Better Business Bureau if the electrician you’re considering has customer complaints under their name. If there were complaints, know how these were resolved and if the customer was happy in the end.
Lastly, be sensitive to what your gut is telling you. Even without a lot of technical knowledge, you will more or less sense if the electrician is exaggerating the extent of work required in order to overcharge you. For more info, click here.