Navigating The Process Of Working With An Electrician
Finding a good technician and hiring one can be a very exhausting job. Most of the electrical system in homes and industrial areas are very high-tech and complicated. Therefore an inexperienced or out dated electrician might have quite a problem dealing with them. Playing around or experimenting with electrical systems is dangerous to both the person handling them and the homeowner. There are also National Electrical Safety Codes that an electrician should adhere by when installing or repairing electrical system be it industrial or domestic and an amateur electrician would not know about all of them if any.
Therefore, it is very important to get a competent electrician to work on your project. You can take several steps before you even make the first move to call electrical contractors to ensure that you get top contractors with experience and good reputation. The following are some of the most important steps you should take before you hire an electrician or electrical contractor.
Asses the nature and extent of the problem
Even when people go to doctors, they are asked questions about how they feel and where the pain is. This is the same with any problem. Before you start fixing it, you have to identify the cause or source of the problem. You just cannot have someone coming around and start yanking wires and parts around. If you can, assess the situation and try find the cause of the problem. Establish whether it is a repair job, a total haul and reinstall, or an entirely new installation. This will also help the electrician or electrical contractor what to expect and what tools to carry.
Finding out the cause of the problem might not require a lot of skill and most homeowners are able to do it with ease. Sometimes, they do not even need to search for the problem, as it is usually apparent. However, troubleshooting is not for everyone and may sometimes require a little electrical skills and right tools. When in doubt about what to do, do not bother to try and find the problem as you might end up making it worse or hurting yourself.
Be open and forthright about the work that needs to be done
Make sure you are aware of all that needs to be done and explain it to the contractor upfront. It is very unfair and unprofessional to tell the contractor one thing and then go and add more work later when the project is in progress. This messes their schedule and might bring issues and confusion later on when it comes to pricing and other things. Take count of all the things you need fixed and installed beforehand. If you want some more outlets installed, do the math and get everything down before the project begins. Adding things like outlets is not too expensive when combined with other installations so take advantage of that.
Talk to people and see who they prefer
Since this is your first time hiring an electrician, or maybe at least in the area you are in now, it might be wise to talk to your neighbors, friends, and even family if they live nearby for their go to guy for electrical work. Ask them why they prefer these particular people. You can also take your time and visit their houses to see the type of work that was being done for them and how well it was done. This gives you an example of the kind of work that electrician can do. Make sure to note how long ago the work was done and it is holding up against the trials of time.
Meet up with the selected few at the site
Once you have done your research and have narrowed down the list to a few you would like to talk to, call them and invite them to meet you up at the site. Once they are there, they can inspect the job site, see what needs to be done and recommend solutions they think are best. They can then offer you their quotes for the job. As method of preparation, you can also have a list of other jobs that you need done alongside the major project and have them give you an estimate for everything. You can then compare the various quotes and solutions recommended and see where you stand. Pick one that serves your interests the best way possible and offer them the contract.
Provide a detailed contract for the work
After you have picked one of the contractors and offered them the work, you need to present them with a contract that stipulates the schedule and timetable for the job, the costs, start and completion dates, and method of payments. This will increase clarity and will protect the both of you during your interactions.