How to Hire an Electrician

So you’re in your new home, and you want to get a ceiling fan installed in a room where there isn’t an outlet. Or you’ve purchased a new appliance and your appliance requires that you install a 220v outlet instead of the traditional 110v outlet. There’s one thing that you never want to skimp on, is hiring an electrician. For these services or a number of other services involving wiring, you’ll need to hire an electrician. No matter what, all electricians must follow State and local building codes and the National Electrical Code when performing their work. Here are steps to take when you hire an electrician.

Is the electrician licensed?

Pretty much for all types of electrical work required, outside of changing a wall outlet, requires some sort of licensing. When you hire a licensed electrician, It’s important to make certain that the electrician is licensed.

Has the electrician been in business long?

The longer an electrician has been in business, obviously, the more education and training they’ve received. They also would’ve seen more complex situations and will be able to work through any obstacles.

Does the electrician have references?

It should go without saying, that if you are going to hire someone to do complex electrical work, then make certain the electrician has good references. The last thing you want is to find out that you’ve hired an electrician that does not have a good track record.

How much does the electrician charge per hour?

In general, most licensed electricians charge anywhere in between $50 to $100 an hour, all varying based on the electricians experience as well as the complexity of the job. Services like Thumbtack or HomeAdvisor often provide a great resource to find a great electrician for hire.

Does the electrician guarantee their work?

Find out if the electrician covers the parts and their labor, and find out how long their work is guaranteed.

What’s the bottom line?

At the end of the day, hire the right electrician for your home, the job needs to be done right and the job needs to be done right every time.