When working on large projects such as home remodels and building construction, many consumers look for reliable electricians to help complete the work. Electrical work requires special knowledge, training and tools. Not everybody knows the right way to handle broken circuit breakers, flickering lights or nonworking power outlets, which is why it’s important to hire an expert that can be trusted.
There are two types of electricians – Journeyman and Master. While both types are knowledgeable, Journeymen typically work alongside a Master electrician’s supervision and direction. Master electricians complete two additional years of training and can run their own company or work as an independent contractor, and are also typically required by law to carry their own insurance coverage. Master Electricians can also lay out wiring systems and design the routing of circuits.
It’s important to understand the difference between the two types when searching for an electrician to help with home or construction projects
Use BBB’s tips when searching for a trustworthy electrician:
- Research and gather information. Search for an electrician’s Business Profile at BBB.org for free information on their history of complaints, read verified Customer Reviews, and see if they are an Accredited Business. Also search for the name of the company online along with “Complaint”, “Review” or “Scam” to find different results.
- Get specific about project details. In order to get accurate estimates, you’ll need to have the details of your project. Specify how many outlets, lights, dimmers, etc. you need, what kind of hardware you want and where each item should be installed. This is especially important if you choose to get bids from several different contractors.
- Find someone with specialized skills. Electricians tend to specialize in certain kinds of work, so find someone whose skills match your project. For example, if a company specializes in large commercial jobs, they are probably not a good fit to fix your flickering kitchen light. Whatever your project, find someone with the expertise and experience to complete it safely and effectively.
- Learn more about the materials. Good electrical contractors use first-class, contractor-grade materials, regardless of budget. Be sure to ask electricians what kind of materials they use before they start installing them in your home.
- Know that permits are essential. Electricians should never agree to a job without first obtaining the proper permits. Permits are good protection for the homeowner as they prove through inspection the work was completed correctly and safely. Keep in mind, if any wiring is found during a project is not up to code, inspectors will require it to be fixed or replaced. This could affect the final price of your project.
- Understand insurance coverage. Always ask to see a copy of your electrician’s insurance policy and make sure it is up to date. Without workers compensation insurance, if someone gets hurt on your property, you will be 100% liable for their accident.