It can be difficult to choose the right electrician as there are very many actors in the market, and your nearby local suppliers might be busy.
When you go looking for an electrician, it is important to find one who does quality work and knows the subject well. Here are some tips on how to find a good electrician in your local area.
Look for References and Certifications
When you Google for an electrician in your area, a number of hits will appear. Here it is important to look for references and certifications. This means that you can be more confident that those you choose to carry out the work have had good and tidy customer relationships before.
In many countries, it is actually the customer’s responsibility to check whether those who carry out the work are certified. If the actor who performs the work is not certified, you may end up with problems when you sell the home or move. It is strongly discouraged to avoid electricians who do not have certifications as there is often a reason why they do not have them.
It is important to consult with several actors before hiring a company or an independent electrician. Listen to three to five different ones and get a price quote. This allows you to compare the different actors and see what it will cost to get the job done.
In a previous article I wrote on landing the best loan, I spoke about comparing different loans from different banks to get the best price. It is just the same with electricians.
Consulting with different actors about offers and prices does not bind you to choose them to do the job. It is also possible to hire the work based on the hours and equipment spent if you need an electrician as soon as possible, as electricians may have to wait for offers.
Are you unsure of what is needed and do not know exactly what information is needed to explain the job? Then you can ask the electrician to come for an inspection. Here you are still not bound to choose them to do the job if you do not want it.
El-Vis Elektro in Skien, one of the most widely used electrician companies in the Skien area, Norway, has made it easy for their customers to ask for a free inspection by clicking a button at the top of their front page. CEO Haakon says customers really like this option, as it reminds them to ask for an inspection before asking for help to do the actual job.
If the local electrician you are considering does not have this, however, you might just need to look around a bit more, perhaps sending them an email. It is often wise to go to the extra trouble of asking for an inspection, as it will highlight the job that actually needs to be done, and it is often free.
Have a clearly defined assignment
Is the job you want to have done more extensive and you may need to bring in a carpenter or plumber in addition to the electrician? This is important as it will increase the cost of the job. Most electricians have contacts and the opportunity to get professionals to do the job. Consult with those you contact or consider whether the work you want to be done needs more actors.