Choosing the best electrician

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How to choose the best electrician

When having electrical work done, safety is the most important thing to consider.  Electrical wiring is one area in which it is truly better to be safe than sorry. We always want to make sure we get quality work done at the right price. Choosing the right electrician can be difficult if you do not know what to look out for. Below are some key points to consider when choosing an electrician.

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Licenses and insurance

The most important factor to consider when choosing an electrician is whether they are licensed. Make sure to ask your contractor for all appropriate state licenses and insurance.  A license is your guarantee that the contractor has done the necessary courses and practical work required to perform the job safely and correctly. Don’t forget to make sure that the license held covers the type of work you need done.



Ask your friends and neighbors for a recommendation. Knowing that they have had a positive experience with an electrician, and been happy with the level of service and workmanship is a good endorsement. Word of mouth is often the best way to make sure you get the job done well.

Value for money

Phone more than three electricians or electrical contractors to get full quotes so that you know what the total cost should be before the work begins. For example, is there a call-out charge or an hourly rate? Are all materials included in the quote?

Ask for references

This doesn’t have to rule out electricians who are new to the profession. An electrician can be competent without having much experience–a newly qualified electrician should be able to provide references from his or her training provider.

Qualifications and experience

Not all electricians are the same, many will have extra qualifications or experience in different areas of electrical work, and some may even have accreditations. Choosing a Master Electrician gives a guarantee that the electrician has at least 3 years of experience and must offer a 12 month warranty on workmanship. Using a Master Electrician will ensure you receive the highest standard of workmanship and electrical safety. With the skyrocketing cost of electricity, energy efficiency is likely to be of interest. There are several organizations offering accreditation in the field of energy efficiency. An electrician holding this type of accreditation should have an extensive knowledge of energy saving products and technology.

Attitude and communication

Nobody enjoys dealing with a tradesman who displays a bad attitude or sloppy workmanship. Take note if they arrive for the quote on time or, if they are held up, did they ring ahead and advise that they would be delayed? Do they communicate with you? You need to be confident that you understand each other so that there are no miscommunications during the project. A professional appearance and attitude is usually reflected in the quality of the workmanship provided.

Keeping these points in mind will help when trying to choose the right electrician for you. Look online for a list of electricians in your local area.