An electrician is known to be a reliable, high paying job that most people could do. Because of this, there are currently a lot of electricians on the market and like any field, they run the gambit between amazing and terrible. The problem is you can’t afford to hire a bad electrician. Hiring a bad employee in most fields will cost money, hiring a bad electrician may cause damage to property, or harm you or the people you work with. Here are some ways to tell a good electrician from a bad one.
Licensing and Education
Do your background research, you need to determine that your electrician is qualified, that they had a quality education, are fully certified and have current licences. Experience isn’t always necessary, but it does always help, and having successfully completed apprenticeship and qualification courses is the bare minimum. If you are working with a company, you need to be sure that the company and the individual are accredited.
It’s often said that an electrician never turns up on time, but just because someone else’s standards have dropped doesn’t mean yours should. If an electrician can’t be bothered to turn up when they should or shows signs of being well-prepared they shouldn’t be trusted with your wiring. Certainly, things happen, and you can’t hold someone accountable for a traffic jam or emergency. Still, if your electrician doesn’t show up for hours or on the day they say they will without prior warning they shouldn’t get your money.
Honest and Complete Communication
Good electricians need to be able to communicate the nature of the problem, even if you don’t completely understand everything at first make the effort to talk about the problem until you have a realistic idea of what exactly they’re doing and have a quoted price. If they have a plan and method in mind that they can share with you before they begin that’s a good sign and if they can’t estimate time or cost, you should pass.
Keeping up to Date
This can be one of the harder traits to check for, but if you do a little research and are willing to ask questions you can secure a professional who is up to date on new technologies and techniques. A person is only as good as the tools they use.
You can’t beat word of mouth for recognition. If you know someone who raves to you about how great their electrician is, you might want to consider hiring them. If no one has any recommendations, there are several general review sites (like Yelp) that can tell you how good your electrician is. If someone is well rated they probably know their stuff. It’s not 100% reliable but it’s a good tool for deciding between candidates.
Sadly, there are no absolute tests for exactly what makes a good electrician, but if you’re willing to take the time to ensure that your electrician is reliable, honest, qualified and comes recommended there’s a good chance you won’t be risking yourself, friends or workmates. Keep in mind that someone who exhibits all these traits might not be the cheapest on the market. The mid-range of standard pricing is your best bet, as it’s where you tend to get good honest work.