Hiring a Quality Electrician
Homes and offices regularly need electrical services for repairs and upgrades, as when their existing systems are no longer safe, or need repairs or upgrades required by modern appliances. But why do we need to hire a professional electrician? Why can’t we just let a friend or employee, who happens to be a “genius” with these things, do the work?
For one, working with electricity is quite a dangerous affair. When done wrong, possibly fatal accidents could be the result. Professionals have the right training to make sure the system stays functional and safe.
In fact, electricians should have a state license to be able to work legally, and most electrical work has to be approved and inspected by local authorities to make sure it satisfied code requirements. A good electrician can effectively spot problems, design new installations, propose appropriate upgrades or expansion, and project requirements in the future. Moreover, this professional may recommend using more efficient appliances that lead to lower energy consumption and costs.
Choosing the Right Electrician
First of all, make sure the electrician you’re considering has a state license, other permits your municipality, county or state may require, and insurance. Don’t just take their word for it if they say they have all these. Verify!
Another important part of vetting electricians is asking for references of previous clients. When given as few names and phone numbers, go ahead and make that call. You want to know how professional the electrician was, the quality of their work, and whether or not they met deadlines and stuck to cost estimates. These, of course, are the best indicators of the tradesman’s level of competence and experience.
In addition, you should also look for an electrician who is abreast with the latest innovations in the industry. Electrical technology has paved the way for greater efficiency, and your electrician should be able to present and explain new options that can boost your system’s safety and performance while decreasing your costs.
Red Flags to Watch Out For
Just as there are signs of good electricians, there are also red flags you need to take note of. For example, be wary of those who cannot provide a warranty for their services, those who say that you need any permits for modifications, or those who cannot show you proof of their license and insurance. Also, stay away from those who attempt to add new devices to your system without checking its current load. As you may know, this can cause fire.
Cost of Hiring a Qualified Electrician
So how much might you pay to hire a qualified electrician? As these pros offer an entire range of services, pricing will significantly depend on the scope and scale of the project. For new installations, the usual range is from $150 to $250, depending on the number of outlets or devices to be installed. The cost of a panel replacement, whether billed as a package or per circuit, will range from $800 to $3,000. Finally, labor rates can also vary by location, but usually from $60 to $100 hourly for licensed electricians.