Electrical Inspections: Selecting the Right Electrician is Vital for Safety
Perhaps, you or someone you know have had negative experiences hiring an electrician. Common concerns are sticker shock after the fact, poor workmanship, unreliable service or companies who don’t stand behind their work. Hiring the wrong person can lead to even more costly repairs later as well as the double expense of having to do the work twice. Shoddy electrical workmanship can pose a threat to the safety of your family and home as a whole. The scary part is that most electrical work is not visible and most consumers have no idea how to tell the difference between quality electrical work or sloppy work where the electrician took shortcuts. Most homeowners have no way to know if the correct size of wire was used for the rating of a breaker or if work is done to code. Additionally, faulty work done by an unprofessional or unlicensed individual can leave you open to liability for injuries that could possibly occur on you property. Therefore, it is vital to choose the right San Diego electrician for the job.
Choosing the Right Electrician
Before you hire or contact someone, write a description of the kind of electrical work you would like to be done. It is a good idea to consider your electrical needs for the future if you are adding a new room or simply improving or updating your home. For instance, you may want to consider adding more outlets or changing the location of light switches to more convenient locations. Why walk across the room to turn on the light when you could turn it on right when you walk into the room?
Finding the electrician who is right for you can be intimidating. If you are a homeowner, it is best to find an electrician who specializes in residential work. When the economy is slower, people come out of the woodwork looking for ways to make money. What most people don’t know is that there are big differences between industrial, large commercial and residential electrical work. All electrical work is NOT the same. Before you hire someone, make sure to do a little background check. You should check with the CSLB to be sure they are licensed and insured and it is also a good idea to check with the Better Business Bureau to see if there have been any complaints filed. If a contractor has had complaints you can see how they worked to resolve any issues. These days there are many on line review sites where you can learn about how an electrician has worked with other people. It is always a good idea to ask your friends and co-workers if they know a good electrician. Word of mouth is a great way to find great referrals.
When hiring an electrician, it’s always best to make sure you are hiring a licensed professional. Not just someone who has his own license. There is a difference. Unless the electrician has a California C10 electrical contractor license and is properly insured you are placing your home and property at risk. It is against the law for non-licensed contractors to do work valued at more than $500. Furthermore, if anyone is injured on your property and they are not a properly licensed and insured contractor, you, the homeowner are fully liable for any injuries or damages.. While this may not assure you will get excellent workmanship, a licensed professional will be better able to meet your needs and will know the laws and electrical codes. Be sure to describe to the contractor what you need to be done and what you expect from him. You and the contractor you are going to hire should be in agreement regarding the proposed work and you should have this agreement in writing before beginning any work. If they charge by the hour, you will want to get a commitment for a “Not to exceed” amount so you are not taken by surprise if the job takes longer than expected. This is very common in electrical work. If you choose to work with a flat rate company, you will know the total price in advance so there will be no unpleasant surprises.
If you do not feel 100% comfortable with any San Diego electrician, you should be sure to check references and interview other contractors to work with. Electricity is dangerous and invisible and the work is usually hidden. Plus most consumers do not know how to tell the difference between quality work and shoddy workmanship. Your best protection is to hire a reputable contractor, check their license, references and reputation.