Shopping for Electricians
October 28, 2009
Do You Need an Electrician?
Some jobs obviously require a licensed electrician. Replacing an electrical panel and wiring an addition are good examples. If you need an electrician for either of those jobs, or you would just prefer a professional for any job, it helps to know what you need, who you need, and how to find them.
Kinds of Electricians
Just because someone is an electrician does not mean he should be working on your house. Electricians are trained in one of four areas: commercial, residential, light industrial and industrial wiring. Within each of those areas, there are service electricians, who specialize in troubleshooting and repair, and construction electricians who actually design and install new systems. Each of these jobs requires a specific skill set, and there is little if any crossover between the jobs.
After you determine what kind of electrician is required for your job, you then must decide which electrician or electrical contractor you want to use. An electrical contractor is not necessarily an electrician; the contractor decides which electrician to send to your home. It is in the contractor’s best interest to send you a competent professional who will do the job correctly, so working with an established, dependable contractor could simplify your life. Of course, both contractors and individual tradesmen will require some references and background checks. Fortunately, the internet is a great source for this kind of information. TheContractorSpot.com, ServiceMagic.com, and AngiesList.com are great places to start.
Hiring an electrician could be a good idea for any size project. Knowing that the job is done correctly the first time could save you money and stress later on – just make sure you have the right electricians for your job.