When you decide to hire an electrician for work around your home, it’s important to choose one that’s going to meet all of your needs. You should always use a licensed and experienced electrician and this means having a checklist to ensure you’re able to vet them properly. Otherwise, you could leave yourself open to an array of problems, which is entirely avoidable.
Obtain Licensing Information
It’s imperative that you work with a licensed electrician. This means asking for the Nevada license number, which you can also verify with the Nevada Contractors Board. This ensures that unlicensed contractors are unable to provide you with a made-up number that simply makes it look as though they are licensed.
It only takes an extra minute to look up the name of the company to ensure that they are in fact licensed. It also provides you with peace of mind knowing that they are licensed and therefore are knowledgeable about the field of electricity and electrical work.
Get an Estimate
Every good electrician should provide you with an estimate of what the work is going to entail and ultimately what the work will cost. The estimate should be provided to you in writing, as well. The benefit of this is that you have the cost available to you in the event that the final bill does not match the estimate.
When you receive an estimate, you want to make sure that it is comprehensive, including the cost of parts and labor. You also want to ask about any “hidden fees” that may exist so you know what the final bill will be without any surprises hidden in it
Paperwork should be provided to you by the licensed electrician. This will include the estimate as well as other documents that detail the quality of the parts that they are using, the time in which they plan to get the work done, as well as various other details. The paperwork should have the company’s name, logo, and business address on it as verification that the company is legitimate.
The reputation of a licensed electrician is of the utmost importance. Working with an electrician that has a poor reputation is indicative of their lack of experience as well as poor customer service skills. You can learn more about an electrician’s reputation by going to their Facebook page, using various review sites, as well as visiting the Better Business Bureau of Southern Nevada in order to find the name of the company. A BBB rating of A+ is the best that is available and indicating that there have been no complaints reported.
Ask for a Warranty
If a warranty is not automatically provided to you, you will want to ask for one. The warranty is your way of protecting yourself financially in the event that something goes wrong with the electrical work that was just completed for you. If something goes wrong and you have a warranty, the electrician should come back out and make an additional repair at no cost to you.
It’s also important to choose a licensed electrician with a branded vehicle. This ensures you are working with a professional company and not someone who is simply working out of the back of their pickup truck. It will also demonstrate that the company understands how to put your worries at ease by showing up in a vehicle where the company name and license number is clearly identified.
It may take a few extra minutes to go through a complete checklist when hiring an electrician, but it is worth it in the end. Only you can protect yourself, and therefore you want to go through the vetting process to ensure you have a professional, licensed electrician scheduled to do the work in your home.
Contact Penny Electric today to learn more about working with a licensed electrician.