1. Check their Licenses and Insurance: The best electricians should be properly licensed and insured. This is actually a basic qualification, and the first step to being able to do their jobs right. Usually, electrical companies can ensure that the professionals under their organisation have these prerequisites. When hiring independent contractors, ask about their licenses and insurance before getting into the details of your project.
2. Ask Friends for Referrals: How your electrician performed in his past projects matters. He should have done a good job, keeping within schedule and delivering the best output. This is where he gains his credibility as a good electrician. At the same time, he can potentially get more projects through referrals from his past clients. As a customer, one of the best ways to find your electrician is through referrals from your friends and colleagues. Typically, they would know the strengths and weaknesses of an electrician that they’ve hired.
3. Get an Initial Quote: It is not uncommon for some electrical jobs to exceed their projected cost. Perhaps along the way, as the electrician worked on your project, complications arise, requiring more time and raw materials. This shouldn’t stop you from asking for an initial quote. Never let an electrician begin work without providing you with a quote first. Quotes give you a ballpark cost. At the same time, you get to make sure that the electrician understands the project’s specifications. You can also compare quotes, if you have an alternative electrician in mind.
4. Agree on a Timeline: In connection with the initial quote, you also need to get a timeline for your project. Don’t agree on an open-ended project, in which you don’t know when to expect the final working output. Of course, understand too that schedules can change. Some work may be more complicated than how it was initially assessed. A good estimate on the timeframe will do.
5. Know any Required Permits: Some electrical work needs permits from local authorities. Make sure to know these. A good electrician should tell you about these requirements and wait to work if you don’t have them yet. You can’t risk your project with an electrician who’s okay with cutting corners.
6. Get Recommendations: Your electrical project should be a collaboration between you and your electrician. Tell him your requirements, and make sure that he understands. Ask for recommendations. You can gain from your electrician’s experience and expertise – they should know the best way to expedite your project.
In Gosford, Rod is one of the best electricians we’ve worked with. He has more than 30 years of experience under his belt. He is honest and straightforward – a true professional. Consult with him if you have an electrical project in mind. PH 4340 5311 or MOB 0447 742 201