Over the past couple of years it has become increasingly easy to find and hire an electrician regardless of where you live. This is because becoming an electrician has become easier and it’s also a great way for people who love to work with something more hands on to make good money. That said many people who hire electricians often complain that their electrician messed up their job.
However, the responsibility of a job which was ruined partly lies on the person who hired the electrician. Unknown to many people not every electrician is good, as a matter of fact there are more bad electricians out there than good ones. This is why it pays to be extra careful when it comes to hiring an electrician.
Below we look at five very common mistakes made by homeowners when they hire an electrician so that that people can avoid them.
Mistake no. 1: Not checking if they are licensed
The vast majority of people who hire electricians do so on the basis of their advertisements. People just call up the first number or the second number they see on online classified websites and assume that they are doing the right thing. The problem with basing your decision to hire an electrician simply on his classified website advertisement is that you can end up with someone who is not really a professional.
You have no idea if this person can handle your job and if they have all the relevant experience. Then there is also the fact that many electricians you see in classified ads are not really licensed they are often operating from home and this may be their part time job. This essentially means that you are not hiring a professional and so it increases the chances of your messing up your job.
Mistake no. 2: Not asking for references
It would make sense not to ask for references if you’re just seeking minor electrical repair like the fuses changed or the fuse box repaired. However, for much more expensive and complex tasks you need to know if the electrician you are hiring can handle the job. This will require that you ask the electrician for references. Then call up these references to find out if the electrician you are considering did a good job in the past.
If you don’t ask for references you’ll not know whom you’re hiring which means that the money you spend on hiring them and any items you ask them to purchase can be wasted. This may seem like a small step but asking for references is a very important one.
Mistake no. 3: Not asking for insurance
If the electrician you hire is not insured then you’ll be liable for any damages which occur by any mistake made by the electrician either to your own home or to a neighbor or someone visiting you. Working with electricity is dangerous business and despite electricians taking all the required safety precautions things can and have gone wrong which can in the worst cases result in death, not to mention property damage which is pretty common.
So, you will always want to make sure to hire an electrician with experience in addition to a valid insurance policy. Ask the electrician to show you his policy.
Mistake no. 4: Not asking what they specialize in?
If you don’t ask an electrician if they specialize in the type of job that you want done then there is no way for you to know that they can do it properly. Most electricians will specialize in a particular segment of the profession in which case they can do an exceptional job like installing a cooling unit or perhaps fixing your automated home alarm system.
So before you hire an electrician always ask what they specialize in, at the same time you need to be careful of electricians who say that they can fix anything and everything.
Mistake no. 5: Not getting quotes
The only way you can end up with a competitive price is if you compare the rates offered to you. This is despite the fact that leading electricians like Australia based Quick Connect Electrical have priced themselves extremely competitively.
Mark has been an electrician for over twenty five years. He has a degree in electrical engineering and has also written extensively about electronics. In addition he has also mentored many budding electrical engineers via training classes and personal instruction. Today, he runs one of the most famous electrician services in Australia.