How to Interview an Electrician

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The time has come when you want to have work done on your house by an electrician. Finding the right one is vitally important. A botched job could result in a fire, and potentially, the loss of your home. Finding the right person requires a thorough interview. Read on to learn how to interview and electrician.

  • Determine what needs to be done. If the job is minor, then you could possibly hire a less expensive electrician. If the scope of work is very large, then you should look for a more skilled and experienced electrician, especially if the job requires rewiring. A botched job could result in a fire.

  • Ask for recommendations. You may do this by asking friends who have had work done on their house, at building supply stores, or any friends or relatives in the building industry.

  • Make a list from the recommendations you receive, and call the electricians to set up interviews.

  • Ask to see the electrician's license and proof of insurance. If the electrician cannot produce either, end the interview and call the next electrician on the list.

  • Have the electrician walk with you through the house to show the project and scope of work. Ask how long the electrician thinks the job would take, and request an estimate.

  • Find out the experience of the electrician by asking questions about previous work, and ask for references. Past customers who have been happy with the electrician's work will be more than happy to say positive things about the electrician, as well as answer any questions.

  • Choose your electrician not just by the price of the estimate, but also experience, the recommendations and the actual electrician. After all, this is someone that will be working in your house--you want to feel comfortable not only with the person but also the abilities.

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  • Detail the project specifications on paper with the electrician. This way you have a record should anything go wrong.

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