ELECTRICAL CONTRACTORS: HOW TO CHOOSE THE ONE THAT’S RIGHT FOR YOU
Choosing an electrician for your electrical repair needs can be challenging. When you are having any sort of work done around our home, we always want to make sure we get quality work done at the right price. Choosing commercial contractors can be difficult if you don’t know what to look for. One of Long Island’s top Electrical Companies, Popkin Electric has compiled a list of the right things to look for when choosing Long Island electricians.
License and Insurance
When you are looking for an electrician in Suffolk County, you want to make sure that you are hiring a electrical contractor. The most important factor to consider when choosing an electrician is whether they are licensed. A license is your guarantee that the contractor has done the necessary courses and practical work to perform the job safely and correctly. Always ask to see their license, make sure that it is current and do an online check if possible. Make sure that the license held covers the type of work you need done. Some electrical licenses may carry restrictions. It is also important to make sure the electrician carries all the necessary insurances. It is perfectly acceptable to ask to see copies of current policies and make sure they have not expired.
When pricing electrical services, it is a good idea to get at least 3 estimates, in fact the more the better. Always make sure you communicate exactly what work you require and the exact fittings and materials you would like to use. Make sure the electrician gives you a quote with a breakdown of prices as this will make it easier to compare one quote to another. Choosing an electrical contractor on price alone is unwise as there are other important things to consider.
Experience, Specialties, and Qualifications
Not all electricians are created equal. In fact, many electricians will have extra qualifications or experience in different areas of electrical work. Some may even have specific accreditations. Choosing a Master Electrician gives you the guarantee that the electrician has at least 3 years 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.
Recommendations and References
There is a lot of credit in word of mouth. A recommendation from someone whose opinion you trust can be invaluable when choosing any type of tradesman or service. Knowing that they have had a positive experience with an electrician, and have been happy with the level of service and workmanship is a good endorsement. If you cannot get a recommendation then ask the electrician if they have any references. If possible, call and speak to the referee to make sure that they are legitimate. Although this may be uncomfortable for you, please know that is is a perfectly professional question to ask.
Positive Attitude and Strong Communication Skills
It always pays to be nice and communicative. It is difficult to work 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 call you ahead of time to tell you that they would be late? Do they communicate with you? You need to be confident that you understand each other so that there are no miscommunications during the project. Electrical work can be dangerous, so you want to be sure that you are working with someone who is going to provide you accurate and clear communication for every step of the job. A professional appearance and attitude is also reflected in the quality of the workmanship provided.
Review the above points before you sign on the dotted line!
- Check licenses and insurances.
- Is their quote fair and competitive?
- If your job is specialized, do they have experience in that field?
- Has somebody you know recommended them and can they show you references?
- Do they have a professional attitude and appearance?
- Do they have strong communication skills?
The above list will help you in your search for the best electrician. Keep these points in mind and you will surely find the right person for the job. For a list of electricians that fit all of these qualities, call Popkin Electric to get an estimate for your electrical job today!
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