In the past it has been very difficult to find a good electrician. You may have a friend of the family or someone may recommend someone. However even that can sometimes go wrong. An electrician is someone who is trained in electrics, and who can install or fix or review electrical work according to industry standards, and in a safe way. It is important to realise that if you put your electrics in the hands of someone who is unqualified or irresponsible, you are putting yourself and your family at risk.
As mentioned earlier in the past it has been very difficult to find a good electrician, and there are many reasons for this. Firstly many of the good electricians are always busy. Hence you may have identified a good and reliable person but if they tell you they are not available for 6 months then that doesn’t help your situation. Secondly the attitude of the electrician is important. You may have someone who is technically good, but if their aim is to drag the work out, or generally charge extortionate prices then that doesn’t help you in the long run.
This article gives clear advice to identify good electricians. However we do not go into detial as to how to compare between different electricians, or how to get the best quotes. We will leave that for another time. Below are the key things which you need to have covered.
Use Taskaway to find an electrician
Taskaway is an iPhone application offering instant access to rated and vetted tradesmen. They also have a submit a job service, where the tradesmen come to you with quotes. Its easy, it works and for us its the best way.
An electrician with the necessary qualifications
If you are looking for an electrician it is generally because you may not have the skills and training yourself. So the first thing to do is to make sure you actually have found someone who has carried out the necessary training. Not someone who tells you that they’ve bodged a job for their friend in the past. A certified electrician will have their cerifications at hand. You can ask them to show them to you. It is not rude, they should be proud to show them to you. If they cannot produce their certification then this should ring alarm bells. Certified electricians are guaranteed to have at least 3 years experience, and can offer a 12 month warranty on their work.
A good reputation
Word of mouth is important. And if you can get any recommendations through word of mouth it is advisable to pursue them. Also these days most of the electricians are present online in directories, or in apps such as Taskaway. It is always good to check their ratings and reviews, so you can easily browse through what past customers have experienced. There are other similar websites which also have this sort of functionality. Also a good electrician is never scared to introduce you to past customers. You can always ask so that you can verify their work.
Get an Estimate and Compare
So you think you have pinpointed the Savior for all your electrical problems. The reputation looks good, the qualifications are there, and they seem to be reliable having turned up on time to your meetings. Wait one minute! Next thing to do is ask for a quote, being specific about the job that needs doing. Once you get a figure you can then compare this to other quotes. Remember that it is never clever just to go with the cheapest quotation. Talk through the job with the electrician to ensure that he or she clearly understands what they job is about as well as potential things that could go wrong.