So, you want to hire an electrician. Where should you start? Who should you choose? Remember, it’s crucial that you enlist the services of a professional — someone with the proper credentials and experience. Otherwise, you’re just asking for trouble. Hire a rogue electrician, and it could cost you hundreds (or even thousands) of dollars to fix faulty work or replace inferior equipment. Here’s how to find an electrician in your local area.

1. Ask for Credentials

All good electricians have the necessary credentials that prove they can complete your job to a high standard. These should be listed on the electrician’s website. If you can’t see any, it could be a red flag.

Look for industry-specific credentials such as UWIN, which provides you with peace of mind. UWIN-endorsed contractors are drug-tested, background-checked and trained.

You should also ask to see an electrician’s licenses and insurance. Both of these should be up to date and readily available.

“If you’re unsure of a pro’s licensing, find another reputable professional,” says HomeAdvisor.

2. Ask About Permits

Depending on the scope of your project, you might need to apply for a permit from the City or a local government agency. Ask your electrician about whether you need a permit for your job. Remember, a good, experienced electrician can answer any question you have about permits.

3. Find Out About Qualifications

It’s a good idea to find out about an electrician’s qualifications. Discover whether the electrician is a master or an apprentice, for example. All of this information might be on the electrician’s website but, if it’s not, contact the company directly.

4. Find Out About Experience

The more experience an electrician has, the better. Look for an electrician who has served the local community for many years and worked with clients in various industries.

You should also choose a company that offers a wide range of services, and not just the basics. These services might include electrical installation and repair, outdoor lighting, safety inspections, and code compliance.

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