Look for someone you can build a lasting relationship with when you are looking for an electrician. You will save time and money by finding someone you can trust to do the job correctly the first time.
Step 1: Find recommended companies
Friends and neighbors can give recommendations. You can also search online for electrician Los Angeles and electrician Burbank. You can also search for reviews by adding the word reviews to your search.
You can also search for websites that have reviews. Google Places also features reviews. You can view how customers have rated contractors (including electricians) and details about how the jobs went.
Take a step back and look at all the reviews. Do you see one negative review in the midst of all the positive ones? Are they just unhappy customers? Is there a way for the company to clarify or say that its employee has been corrected?
After you’ve selected three to four electricians for your recommendation, go to their websites.
* Helpful, friendly, and free from hard-sell advertising
* How many testimonials are good?
It’s time for the electrician to be interviewed if the website is verified.
Step 3: Interview
Pay attention to your comfort level and trust when you speak with an electrician. Below are some questions you might want to ask. You probably won’t want them to all if you have already received glowing recommendations, or if it’s a small job such as replacing a light switch. If you don’t know of a recommended electrician, and you’re considering a remodel, reach out.
* Work experience in your field
* Many years in business. Companies that have been in business for a long time have maintained a high level of customer satisfaction. They have a lot of valuable experience and expertise.
* Number of Contractor’s License
* Workers Comp Insurance and Liability Insurance. To protect your home in the event of damage caused by their work, it is a good idea for the company to have at least $1,000,000 in liability insurance. Workers Comp covers the cost of medical treatment for electricians who are injured while on the job. This protects you against liability.
* Guarantees. Some companies offer a lifetime guarantee for their work. The guarantee does not cover the installation of electrical components. An electrician should offer a minimum of a three-year labor guarantee. It is better to have a guarantee for the life of your house.
* Better Business Bureau (BBB) rating. Ask the BBB for the exact name of the company and where it is located. Sometimes the BBB may use a different name than the official legal name of your company.
* If you don’t have it, please add your website address
* Contact info and names for five clients
Note all of this, especially the License Number. You may want to review some of the statements made by the electrician before you make a decision. You can stop talking to this electrician if you don’t want to go ahead. Keep the notes to remind you later which companies you have ruled out.
Step 4: Look and Listen
Listen to the information you are gathering, but pay close attention to how you feel about the electrician. Keep your eyes peeled when you meet the electrician.
* Would you like to be an electrician?
* Are you comfortable?
* Does the electrician inspire you to trust him?
* Does the company’s electrician know what he is doing?
* Are they operating legally? Do they behave in a way you would expect them to?
* Do they return calls promptly?
* Are they available on time for your appointments?
* Are they open to listening to your concerns and answering them in a way you can understand?
* Does the electrician look neat and clean?
Bidding electricians are usually on their best behaviour. You should not feel uncomfortable with an electrician who is bidding on your job.
Step 5: Check it Out
* Check customer reviews if you haven’t already. This article provides details in the first section.
* Enter your Contractor’s License number into the Contractor License Board website for the state you reside in. Check to see if there are “black marks”.
* The Better Business Bureau can check the company’s rating
. Based on customer complaints, ratings range from A+ up to F. An “A” rating reflects the same level customer satisfaction as an A+. An “A” contractor can earn the “A+” by becoming a member of the Better Business Bureau. This helps the Bureau to do its work.
Step 6: Call References
Do not hesitate to contact references. Most customers will gladly give a recommendation to an electrical contractor who is deserving. If a homeowner calls you, you can always return the favor. Ask:
* How was your job?
* Did you do your job right the first time?
* Was the electrician available to return to your home if you needed it?
* Was the company’s pricing competitive?
* Did the electrician stay within budget and on time?
* Would you continue to use this electric company?
At least three references should be contacted. Pay attention to the electrician’s enthusiasm and lack thereof. Past or present clients may not be comfortable saying anything negative. When making a decision, consider whether they are negative or enthusiastic.
Last Tip: Do not automatically choose the lowest bid
A bid could beTooLow. How could that be? A contractor may deliberately omit certain items in order to complete the job, then come back to say that more work is required. Unintentionally, some electricians might bid lower because of inexperience. The electrician could ask for more money or leave you with an incomplete job.
While price is important, you should also consider the whole picture that an electrician presents to you: character, expertise and ease of work. An electrician’s value lies in the fact that they do the job right and safely, without taking up too much of your time or causing inconvenience. An electrician who is competent can help you save money and find more efficient ways to complete a job. It can help you save both time and money if you have a good relationship.