Tips for hiring a professional electrical contractor in the Dallas / Fort Worth area
Hiring a licensed electrician is so important when you need electrical work of any kind.
When you choose a contractor who isn't licensed or certified, you open yourself up to many serious risks
Dangers of hiring an unlicensed electrician:
- Improperly installed electrical work could result in fire.
- A faulty electrical system could damage your electrical devices, such as computers and TVs.
- Having an amateur's work redone could cost you thousands of dollars in additional expenses to make things right again.
- If the electrician isn't insured, you and your insurance company will be liable if anything is damaged while work is being done.
- Your entire home or business, and possessions, could be put at risk if the electrical work is not safe or up to code.
This isn't meant to scare you. These scenarios are actually very common all across the United States.
Far too often, homeowners attempt to save money by hiring “some guy” rather than a skilled professional. These contractors could be someone that a coworker recommended, or someone you found online, but if they don't have a license, then you could face big problems down the road.
This is why it's crucial to do your research carefully when choosing an electrical contractor.
Hiring a licensed electrician gives you the peace of mind that you're hiring a trained, experienced professional who knows what he's doing. But as you'll read below, it's not the only consideration you need to make when comparing your options. Use this informative guide to help you find the right expert for your needs.
Why hire a licensed electrician?
You've already seen the dangers of hiring an amateur. Now, let's look at some of the core reasons why you should always choose a licensed electrician, no matter how small or large the job is.
While state license requirements can differ across the country, typically the most important prerequisite is having proof of professional training. As with many other trades, a license signifies that the contractor has received the proper training to conduct electrical work.
A license can also signify that the contractor has significant on-the-job experience. This experience is so important, because it means that the electrician has already been performing electrical work and has honed his skills.
- Professionally Supervised
In Texas, individual licenses are obtained through a series of rankings that signify how much experience the contractor has had under the supervision of a master electrician – the top individual license available.
For example, for a licensed electrician to be deemed a “master,” he must have at least 12,000 hours of on-the-job training under the supervision of another master electrician. A “journeyman” electrician must have at least 8,000 hours.
- Tested Knowledge & Skills
Having an electrical license in the state of Texas also means that the contractor has passed an examination and has thus demonstrated his knowledge and skills in the electrical field.
Electrical contractors who apply for business licenses must have business liability insurance with a policy covering up to $600,000 for potential property damage and bodily injury, should an accident happen while on the job.
How to choose a licensed electrician
Even with a license, not all electricians offer the same level of skill or customer service. This is why you should always do some basic research to compare several contractors and verify the background of each one before choosing.
Here are some tips to help you narrow your options.
1. Ask contractors for references.
When speaking to a licensed electrician, don't hesitate to ask for the contact information of previous customers who are willing to speak about the contractor's service. These previous customers are a great resource for finding out the positives and negatives of each electrician.
2. Confirm their experience.
Just because a licensed electrician has met the minimum of “on-the-job hours” for the license doesn't mean they are experienced with the specific problem or needs you have. For example, if you're having an old home completely rewired, you must make sure the contractor has specific experience with this type of job.
3. Talk to friends & family.
Use friends and family as a resource for finding recommended contractors who they've used in the past.
4. Don't settle for less than great customer service.
From the moment you first speak to an electrician or his staff, you should be paying close attention to the service you're receiving. Are they friendly, courteous and helpful? Do they answer all your questions?
Hire a professional, licensed electrical contractor today
At DFW Electrical Contractors, we are known as the “Electrical Specialists” throughout Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas, because there's no job our skilled electricians can't handle.
Whether you need basic electrical repair, installation of new lighting, or wiring for renovations or new construction, our experts can help. We have vast experience in residential and commercial electrical work, and we take pride in doing the job right, every time.
If you need a licensed electrician, contact DFW Electrical Contractors to see why so many homeowners and businesses throughout the Dallas and Fort Worth areas trust us for skilled, competent electrical work – and outstanding customer service.
Call (972) 200-3030 to get a free electrical estimate today.