Let’s face it, electrical work takes intense training to master. When it comes to electrical work, most of us are wise enough to seek professional help. Unfortunately, there are just as many, if not more, unskilled tradesmen as there are competent electricians. It’s hard to find the right guy for the job if you don’t know what to look for. Below are five tips on how to choose an electrician.

How to Choose an Electrician 

License and Insurance

It’s absolutely crucial that the electrician you hire to work in your property is not only licensed but also sufficiently insured. Check his/her credentials online or ask them to provide documentation of their qualifications, license and insurance cover.

A valid license gives you proof that they have the necessary training to provide electrical services legally, and most importantly, safely. This will also ensure they know how to do simple things like replacing an outlet, as well as more complicated manners like fix blasted fuse boxes. Working with an insured contractor means that you will be reimbursed in case of any damage or loss to property resulting from electrical work. Just to be on the safe side, check that the license is valid and that the electrician is certified to do the work you need to be done.

Value for Money

A general rule of thumb is to get at least three quotes so you can compare prices against products and services being offered. You want to communicate exactly what work you require including the exact fittings and materials you would like to use if possible. Being detailed ensures you’re comparing apples to apples because prices vary significantly from one electrician to another. Price should not be the only decision-making factor so do your due diligence.


Recommendations are an excellent way to come up with a list of potential candidates for the job. If someone you trust recommends a particular electrician, the chances are they had a good experience with the electrician, and you can expect quality service from the tradesman they recommend. Alternatively, you should ask your electrical contractor for references. Spare some time to follow up on the references for more specific and personal accounts of the contractor’s performance and quality of workmanship.

Attitude and Communication

You want to hire an electrician with whom you’re comfortable. That means looking for someone with a great attitude and excellent communication skills. An electrician worth his/her salt will always communicate effectively, listen to your needs and expectations and provide detailed information in easy to understand terms from which you can make meaning.

Checklist for choosing an electrician

•         Is the electrician certified, licensed and insured?

•         Is their quote fair and competitive?

•         If your job requires a specialist, is the electrician qualified and experienced

•         Do they have a professional appearance and attitude?

Bottom Line

Choosing the right electrician is not only critical but also involving. Whether you need a bulb holder installed, complete rewiring of your home, or energy saving solutions; it’s important to invest some time and effort into the vetting process.  By following the tips above, you will be in a better position to make a well-informed decision on how to choose an electrician. Also, trust your gut, if you have any reasons to doubt an electrician’s competence or abilities, keep searching until you find someone you can trust to do the job right.


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