Discovering an electrical problem in your home that's beyond your capabilities means you'll be looking to hire a local electrician in short order. If you haven't previously hired this type of contractor, it's advantageous to seek recommendations from friends and neighbors and then contact a couple electricians to see who will be best suited to take care of the job. Your initial phone call will likely cover the electrician's rates and any expertise he or she possesses that specifically relates to your job. Before you make your decision about which electrician you'll hire, be sure to pose these three questions.
In What Shape Will You Leave The Job?
You should fully expect that the electrician will get your problem rectified, but there's value in asking about how he or she will leave the worksite. For example, if the job requires cutting a hole in your drywall to access some wires, ask whether the electrician will patch the drywall. Are you responsible for sanding and mudding it? Additionally, it's also good to know about the electrician's approach to cleanliness. Many electricians travel with a vacuum that they can use to suck up drywall dust, sawdust and other particles that are produced during the job. Aim to hire someone who takes a conscientious approach to keeping your home clean.
Are You Doing The Job Or Hiring A Subcontractor?
Many electricians use subcontractors for a portion of their jobs. This fact shouldn't concern you, provided you know that every subcontractor who will be entering your home is full bonded, insured and licensed. Still, it's important to know who will actually be doing the work. For example, if you resonate well with the electrician and you're pleased with his or her knowledge of the job and professionalism, you might prefer that he or she handles the job individually. Either way, asking this question will provide you with the necessary information to make your decision.
What Is The Likelihood Of Unexpected Costs?
Although you should always get a written estimate before the electrician begins the work in your home, it's ideal to ask about the likelihood of unexpected costs arising. Experienced electricians will often be able to tell you if they predict that the job will go smoothly or if there will be hiccups – for example, it can be hard to know exactly what the wiring situation looks like in and old home until the electrician removes some of the drywall to investigate. Knowing the approximate chance of any complications is valuable to know before the work begins so that you can budget accordingly.
For a local electrician, contact a company such as Royal Plus Electric.