Hiring an electrician shouldn’t be a willy nilly decision. The electrical appliances and wiring throughout your home should only be handled by the best of the best in order to ensure the safety of your family, and to make sure you don’t feel ripped off! Cutting corners when it comes to choosing an electrician won’t only fail to solve your electrical issue, but may even make it worse, meaning it’s well worth choosing a reliable and professional sparkie.
Trouble is, with so many electricians out there on the market, how can you go about finding the right one for your needs? Here are our six expert tips on finding a top notch electrician.
Check their license
Don’t just assume all electricians are licensed! Yes, a professional electrician should always be licensed, but unfortunately there are some unscrupulous service providers out there. Professional electricians should be more than happy to show you their current license and proof of insurance cover, which covers workers’ compensation and liability. Asking to see these documents will give you peace of mind knowing that the sparkie you’re hiring is accredited and compliant with safety standards and practices.
It’s even better if you come across an electrician that has received professional awards or acknowledgments, which is a clear sign that they provide stellar service. Finally, all the contractors that your chosen electrician employs should also have the appropriate licenses, accreditation and experience.
Read references and reviews
A reliable electrician should also have testimonials or references that they are happy to show potential customers. If they have a website or social media account that prominently displays reviews and testimonials, you can be sure you’ve come across a trustworthy sparkie.
You may also wish to ask around to see if anyone you know has any good recommendations, or have even had any bad experiences with electricians that you should stay clear of.
Additionally, it’s always a good idea to Google any electrician you’re considering. You’ll find a number of reviews across different websites from past customers, which will give you a really good overview of their service, prices and more. You should also keep an eye out for how the electrician responds to any negative reviews, as this will give you an idea of their customer service style.
Always get a written quote
You should always have an in depth conversation with any electrician before getting a quote. It’s important to know exactly what will need to be done and why in order to avoid bill shock. A good electrician should also be able to explain the work they will do in layman’s terms in order to ensure you are fully informed of the process. Some other things you may also wish to discuss include any necessary permits, the scope of the expected repairs, and the timing and method of payment.
Once all the terms are hashed out, your electrician should provide it all to you in the form of a written quote in order to provide you with a guarantee.
Areas of expertise
In some cases, you might need a specialised electrician who has a particular focus on commercial, residential or emergency services. Depending on your situation, it could be worthwhile finding an electrician that specialises in the type of job you need completed instead of an all-rounder sparkie. While all electricians have the same essential foundation skills, larger projects might need a bigger team with certain specialisations.
Never hire an electrician before doing the necessary research and using the above tips to inform your decision. The safety of your family and home are simply too important to go for a subpar electrician!
Northern Lights are the Auckland electricians you can count on to provide stellar electrical services. Give us a call on 0800 177 275 or 09 634 0438 to arrange for an inspection or fill in the form on our site.