How to Find a Good Electrician
Electrical problems could quickly lead to a disaster, so don’t wait long before addressing them. With some handy tips and tricks, you can locate a trustworthy professional electrician very soon.
What Is a Professional Electrician?
First of all, electricians should hold an electrical state license. The following are additional designations proving they are qualified to maintain the safety of electrical circuits:
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A master electrician is one who has passed a standardized exam and practiced the trade for no less than two years in their state. This tradesman knows the National Electrical Code by heart, as well as his state’s degree of compliance to such.
A master electrician designs, installs and maintains electrical projects for residential or business clients.
Although licensed by the state, a journeyman electrician is one who has not passed the standardized test for master electricians. Generally speaking, a journeyman may only work under the tutelage of a master electrician. He may install wiring and equipment, but he cannot create electrical designs. Local electricians also need a permit from the local building department and have their work checked by an inspector, giving you added protection.
You have to ensure that your search for an electrician is based on your needs – is your home new construction, an older building with more complex wiring or a hybrid of the two? Choosing an electrician with the right experience, makes perfect sense.
Sometimes, searching for a good electrician is as easy as asking relatives and friends who maintains their electrical systems at home. This is a great way to streamline the process of getting your issues fixed.
If you know someone who’s had a recent home improvement, you can ask their contractor for recommendations. General contractors keep a list of electricians they can call from time to time, so they may be able to give you some names. Your local home builders’ association and electrical supply stores in your area can also be good sources of information.
There are tons of websites out there where you can scan for local electrician names and contact information, and even customer testimonials and ratings.
Recommendations and the Internet are very good places to begin, but definitely, you still have to verify your prospects’ qualifications yourself.
You need to confirm whether or not the electrician has liability insurance for your own protection, and that of everyone involved in the project.
If they say they have insurance, don’t be happy with that. Check with their claimed insurer or better yet, ask for a certificate proving the electrician’s coverage. Hiring an uninsured electrician can be a source of problems later on for obvious reasons.