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What to Look at When Hiring an Electrician

When you’re looking at hiring an electrician you want to make sure that you’re working with someone who is going to get the job done right and take care of you and your family, right? So, how do you make sure that’s what you’re going to get? There are a number of things that you need to consider and these tips and tricks are going to make it easier for you to make the right decision for your Conway, SC home.

Cost

Okay, everyone wants to talk about the cost of the electrician that they’re hiring so let’s get this one out of the way first. Cost is definitely an important factor, but you shouldn’t base the entire decision on cost. The cheapest electrician could be the cheapest for a reason. And the most expensive electrician could be the most expensive for a reason. In general, you want to weigh out cost with all of the other factors that we’re going to talk about because this is only a secondary consideration. You don’t want to spend more than you have to, but spending too little just to save a few dollars could cost you in the end.

Certifications

You want to know that the person you’re hiring actually knows what they’re doing. Look for their certifications and then look for ways that you can independently verify those certifications. Don’t just take their word for it that they have all of the credentials that you’re looking for. Don’t just assume that because they have the seal on their website they have that credential or certification either. Take a closer look at where you can verify those things and then make sure that you do. Your safety could depend on it.

Insurance and Bonding

Insurance, license and bonding are three of the things that you should always ask for when you’re hiring an electrician or any other type of contractor for your home. You want to know that they have all of these because it’s going to protect them and you in case of a problem. If there’s a problem with the work they do this is going to help you get your money back. If you or someone else (including them) is injured this is going to help everyone get back to what they deserve.

Hours

Take a look at the hours they work during. Will those hours work for you? What about emergency situations? Do they have emergency hours where they come in to take care of things that can’t wait until normal hours? You’re going to want to know if you can call this company at a time that’s convenient for you or that they can come out to your home at a time that’s going to be convenient to you. And that’s going to be important no matter what type of work you’re looking to have done.

Capabilities

What type of work does that electrician do? Can they handle minor electrical needs and more major ones? Can they at least handle the type of electrical work that you’re planning to get done? If they can then great. If they can’t then you know that you need to keep looking for someone that is going to get the job done and make sure your home is running smoothly. Look at additional capabilities as well. After all, you don’t want to go through the process of finding a new professional if you need something else done later, right?

Warranties

What kind of warranty do they offer on the work that they do? How long do you have to call them if something goes wrong or if you’re not happy with the job? You should be able to find an electrician that offers decent warranties and is willing and able to back up their work. After all, if they do good work they shouldn’t have to worry about giving you a warranty. Their work should be high quality enough that they don’t need to come back to your home later, warranty or no warranty. And that’s going to be an important point for you too.

Team

Find out more about the team of people that they hire. Do they do background checks on all of their employees? Do they ever subcontract work or hire temporary workers to take care of assignments when they get overloaded? You want to know exactly who is going to show up at your door if you hire this company and if the person who shows up isn’t part of their team that could mean that you don’t have the same protections that you thought you did (including that licensing and insurance we mentioned above).

Timeline

How long is it going to take for the project to be started and completed? If you already know what the problem is or you just need a diagnostic run first then you want to know just how long it’s going to take for someone to get to you and figure out the problem. Then you want to know how long the problem is going to take to actually resolve. Well, this is something you should be asking right away. A good electrician should be able to get emergencies in quickly, but they generally won’t be able to get other work in immediately. If you call someone who has immediate openings that could mean they aren’t as popular with the people in your area.

When it comes to choosing someone that is going to take care of your home in any way you want to know what to expect. You want to know what they have to offer, how they’re going to do it and more. So, make sure you’re calling Mister Sparky® of Myrtle Beach to find out more about what you need to get done and who you’re going to be working with. Our team is able to help you with any of your electrical needs. Whether you need an electrician for something minor or something far more involved for your Conway, SC home.