Tips for Hiring a Quality Residential Electrical Contractor
When you need electrical work of any kind in your home, it's critical that you hire a professional residential electrical contractor who is licensed, insured and experienced.
Otherwise, big problems are inevitable.
Many homeowners think they can save a little money by doing the work themselves or by hiring a “friend of a friend” who is an amateur electrician. But any money saved is essentially eliminated by the severe risks of fire, potential damage to your home, injuries and other disastrous consequences.
- An unlicensed contractor may not have any formal education or training in electrical work.
- Without proper training, amateurs do not know how to do the job right and or what's required by the current electrical codes.
- Poorly installed electrical work is a fire waiting to happen.
- Even if the work is “small” – such as a new light fixture installation, or a single light switch – one little wiring mistake or the laziness of a contractor could result in a major fire.
- Bad wiring puts your entire home at risk, along with your family, your belongings – everything you have.
- If a fire or other damages do occur, your insurance company may not cover it if they discover that the work was done by an unlicensed contractor.
If this sounds serious, that's because it is.
These scenarios happen all the time, all over the United States. But they don't have to! By hiring a skilled, licensed residential electrical contractor, you can eliminate the risks and have peace of mind knowing that the work is done right.
Finding an electrician isn't difficult, either. You just need to know what to look for. Use the tips below to help you quickly locate and hire the best contractor for your needs.
Residential Electrical Work – Where To Start
The first step is to create an initial list of contractors who specialize in residential electrical work. You may want to use a few different resources to help you produce this list, so here are some things to keep in mind:
- The biggest ad in the phone book doesn't equal the best electrician.
Although it's a little old-fashioned, the phone book can be a decent place to get phone numbers for different local electricians. Just keep in mind, a big ad doesn't translate into the best contractor, so be sure to research each option more carefully on your own (see below).
- Get recommendations from friends and family.
If you know someone who has hired an electrician recently, ask them about their experience. Would they recommend using that contractor again?
- Search online for your area.
Searching online is another great starting point for finding electrical contractors. But again, don't judge a company by their website alone. Search for location-specific terms, such as “Residential electrical Dallas,” to find a handful of contractors who you can call to ask additional questions.
What To Ask A Residential Electrical Contractor
Once you've created a list of professionals, you'll want to contact each one to learn more about their skills, experience and rates.
When calling larger companies, you'll probably be speaking with a receptionist, rather than the electrician. This is fine as long as your questions are answered promptly and professionally.
Here's what to ask:
- Are you licensed?
Do you have an electrician's license from the state of Texas? How long ago did you receive it?
- How long have you been in business?
What year did you begin offering electrical services? How many customers do you have?
- Are you insured?
Typically, to get an electrical license, a contractor must be insured, but this is still a good question to ask, just to be certain. If the contractor isn't insured, you'll be liable for any damages or injuries that happen on the job.
- Can you help me with ... ?
Make sure the electrician has significant experience with the work you need him for. For example, if you are installing outdoor electrical work for a new hot tub and patio, but the contractor specializes mostly in indoor lighting, then you may want to keep looking for another electrician who is a better fit for your needs.
- Do you specialize in residential electrical?
Do you do mostly residential or commercial electrical work? What is the approximate split – i.e. 50% residential, 50% commercial?
- What are your rates?
Because costs can be affected by many different factors, most electricians will need to visit your home to provide an estimate. Just make sure you have a good understanding of how much the job will cost before hiring.
- How quickly can you get the job done?
There are two parts to this question: 1) How soon can you come? 2) How long will it take to finish? The important thing here isn't to find the “fastest” electrician. It's to make sure you know exactly when the job will be tackled and how long it will last (i.e. 1 hour vs. 1 week).
Professional residential electrical contractors in Dallas & Fort Worth
If you need residential electrical work around Dallas, Fort Worth or surrounding areas, contact the experts at DFW Electrical Contractors.
We are highly skilled, licensed and insured electricians who do the job right, every time. No project is too small or too big for our team. Our services cover virtually all electrical needs, including:
- Lighting installation
- Electrical repair
- Electrical work for renovations & additions
- Whole home rewiring
- Installation of outlets / receptacles (including childproof outlets)
- Ceiling fan installation
- Backup generators
- Wired smoke detectors
- Holiday lighting installation
- Much more
We are known as the “electrical specialists” because we are experts at what we do, so you can have peace of mind knowing the work is done properly, safely and according to code.
Call (972) 200-3030 for a free residential electrical estimate today.