What to Look for When Choosing Your Electrician

By Daley Raffin

It can be challenging to know who to trust when having work done around your home or business. If you need electrical work performed, it is even more important to know what to look for when choosing your electrician.

Licensed & Insured

The first thing to look for is making sure your electrician is licensed and insured. Electrical work can be tricky, and the industry has changed radically over the years. Be sure anyone you hire to perform electrical work in your home or office is fully licensed as an electrician, in case something goes wrong.

Fully Experienced

Hiring a novice without the experience to do the job could end up being riskier and more costly in the long run. Look for an electrician who has been in the business long enough to know exactly what they are doing and provide creative solutions to any problem in your project.

Laws are always changing, so it’s essential to have a professional who is not only fully trained on the latest technologies, but also aware of new laws so that your project aligns with safety codes.

Check Reviews and References

Be sure to check reviews online and see if your electrician has a good reputation. Don’t be afraid to ask for a list of references and pose questions like:

  • Did he or she show up on time?
  • Was the work performed to your satisfaction?
  • Did they clean up after the job?
  • Did he or she come prepared with the proper parts and tools?

Since you are paying good money for a professional job, it is your right to ask plenty of questions beforehand to get a sense of security about your electrician before hiring them.

Cheaper is Not Always Better

Always get a quote ahead of time, but keep in mind, cheaper is not always better. Electricians charge a fair price for their experience and expertise. It’s better to pay a higher price and have the job done right than grab a bargain and find out later the job was performed improperly and has to be redone.

The quote should be free. When you get a price, ask if it’s a solid quote, or if there may be any additional charges due to unforeseen parts or labour.

Check Their Guarantee or Warranty

The best electricians guarantee their work. If they know what they are doing and use quality parts, you should rest assured that you won’t have to worry about anything. Read the fine print and find out what their warranty policy is like before signing on the dotted line.

The Bottom Line

When trusting someone with electrical work, the bottom line is you have to feel comfortable with them. If you feel confident with their skills and ability to tackle the project, then you have hired the right company for the job.

Raffin Electrical Contractors ​takes pride in hiring only the best, fully licensed, and insured electricians for all our projects.