What Defines A Good Electrician When Looking to Contract One?
Of the many home improvement projects that can never fall under the DIY category is electrical work. When you want to remodel your home, or have an emergency electrical issue, you must always hire a qualified electrician. Unless you are well familiar with what you are doing perfectly well, it is important you consider all prospects and weighs the pros and cons before you touch that wire. A slight mistake can be very costly not to mention the potential hazard created when something is faulty on your electrical units. There are those simple electrical tasks you can handle, such as light fixtures, and installing outlets and receptacles but again only when you have a clear picture of what you are doing. Should you have any complex electrical work that would need you to adhere to the State electrical codes and regulations, be sure to call in an electrician?
Luckily, there is no shortage of electricians in the world today. As a matter of fact, you will be lost for options when it comes to choosing the most appropriate candidate for the job. But then again, it is important you research the qualifications and background history of an electrician before hiring them. This allows you to build a rapport with the electrician so you can always have someone on your speed dial as and when the need arises. A good electrical contractor should take the time to familiarize themselves with your home’s electrical system. This will even help them discover any emerging problems and address them before they become a major problem.
A good electrician should have up-to-date education. This means they are attending regular training programs so they can remain current and up-to-date on the National Electrical Code. This Code is often amended every three years. Most States would require a permit any time a major electrical project is being undertaken in your home. This is especially true when the main electrical equipment is being replaced or there is some significant rewiring work taking place. A good electrician should be able to pull permits and while the cost of this permit is often covered in the final bill presented to you as a client, always be sure to ask about it. An inspection always follows the permit to ensure the electrical work meets the code.
A good electrical contractor should be legitimately licensed if it is a mandatory requirement in your State. Overload circuits, poor electrical wire connections, broken safety elements, and improper ground are few of the problems that may come about from poor workmanship. It needs no mentioning this can be very costly not just on the property but can also pose a human danger. Always verify your electrician’s licensing with your Local or State board before hiring them. It will also be to your advantage if you verified they are validly bonded and insured including worker’s compensation and liability coverage. Simply put, you have to look at all the nitty-gritty to ensure you have a legitimate, qualified, and experienced electrical contractor that knows what they are doing.