Finding a licensed electrician right for your home can be hard, especially if you just moved into a neighborhood or there is an emergency. Choosing someone not licensed can be dangerous for your property and family. The following are basic step-by-step instructions for finding the right electrician, making the process easier.
1. Figure Out Your Priorities
Try prioritizing the services your home needs now and shortly. Your list can include electrical equipment and wiring that need to be installed or repaired. Think about how much money you can budget for projects.
2. Begin With Referrals
Contact family members, fellow employees, and friends who know a local licensed electrician. Ask about the plusses and minuses of their experiences. Key topics are professionalism, materials, time spent, quality of work, and costs. Reading an electrician’s online reviews from websites, including Angie’s List and Yelp, can also help you search for candidates.
3. Pre Qualifying Professionals
Only work with electricians who have solid credentials and years of experience. They are bonded and licensed in Maryland, complying with state and local requirements. Review their websites and learn what types of electrical work they specialize in that match your home’s needs.
4. Shortlist for Interviews
After steps 1 to 3, you should have two to four local electricians that may be good choices. Ensure each professional has a high reputation for service by checking your notes. You are then ready to choose the candidates you would like to interview.
5. Interview Professionals
Schedule a meeting or phone call with every licensed electrician on your shortlist. The following are key questions you should ask.
- How many years have you been in business?
- What kinds of electrical work do you specialize in?
- What do you think about the project I am planning to do?
- How do you bill for services – by the hour or per project?
- Would you be able to give an estimate?
6. Make Your Best Choice
After the interviews, make comparisons of their answers and estimates. You should then be able to make your best choice.
Electrical Peace of Mind
Providing professional electricians since 1988 in Maryland, Cook Electric is the company you can rely on for all your electrical service needs. For knowledgeable, fair, honest, reliable, and conscientious service, call Cook Electric today at (410) 266-9040. We will be happy to help you.