15 Aug Hiring Your Next Electrical Contractor: What You Need to Know
There comes a time in every home or business owner’s life when a skilled electrician is needed for minor to major repairs around the house or office. No one knows that better than RFG Electrical Contracting. Since 1998 our team has been serving the homeowners of Long Island with a wide range of electrical repairs, installations, and renovations. We take pride in serving our clients with integrity, respect, and top notch customer service. If you are on the hunt for a new electrician, we have some suggestions as to what you should be looking for in your next contractor.
License and Insurance Credentials
When you are getting electrical work done, you want to make sure that you are hiring a certified professional. The most important factor to consider when choosing an electrician is whether or not they are officially licensed. A license is your guarantee that the contractor has completed the necessary courses and practical work to perform the job safely and correctly. Always ask to see their license, make sure that it is current and do an online check if possible. Make sure that the license held covers the type of work you need done. Be cautious because some electrical licenses may carry restrictions. It is also important to make sure the electrician carries all the necessary insurances credentials. It is perfectly acceptable to ask to see copies of current policies and make sure they have not expired.
Money Talks: The Quest for Reasonable Rates
When hiring anyone for any task, everyone knows that a good rate is a top priority. When pricing electrical work, it is a good idea to get at least 3 estimates, in fact the more the better. Always make sure you communicate exactly what work you require and the exact fittings and materials you would like to use. Make sure the electrician gives you a quote with a breakdown of prices as this will make it easier to compare one quote to another. Choosing an electrical contractor on price alone is unwise as there are other important things to consider.
One of the qualities that RFG Electrical takes absolute pride in is offering you a competitive rate while providing a top notch service.
Go With a Pro: Experience, Specialties, and Qualifications
Not all electricians are created equal. In fact, many electricians will have extra qualifications or experience in different areas of electrical work. Some may even have specific accreditations. Choosing a Master Electrician gives you the guarantee that the electrician has at least 3 years’ experience and must offer a 12 month warranty on workmanship. Using a Master Electrician will ensure you receive the highest standard of workmanship and electrical safety. With the skyrocketing cost of electricity, energy efficiency is likely to be of interest. There are several organizations offering accreditation in the field of energy efficiency. An electrician holding this type of accreditation should have an extensive knowledge of energy saving products and technology. All members of the RFG Electrical team have been properly trained and certified with their proper certifications on hand.
Word of Mouth: Reputations, Recommendations and References
RFG Electrical takes pride in the testimony of our loyal and long term clientele. A recommendation from someone whose opinion you trust can be invaluable when choosing any type of tradesman or service. Knowing that they have had a positive experience with an electrician, especially one from the RFG team, and have been happy with the level of service and workmanship is a strong endorsement. If you cannot get a recommendation then ask the electrician if they have any references. If possible, call and speak to the referee to make sure that they are legitimate. Although this may be uncomfortable for you, please know that is is a perfectly professional question to ask. Any contractor with RFG Electrical will be happy to provide these testimonials for you!
Positive Attitude and Strong Communication Skills
It always pays to be nice and communicative. It is difficult to work with a tradesman who displays a bad attitude or sloppy workmanship. Take note if they arrive for the quote on time or, if they are held up, did they call you ahead of time to tell you that they would be late? Do they communicate with you? You need to be confident that you understand each other so that there are no miscommunications during the project. Electrical work can be dangerous, so you want to be sure that you are working with someone who is going to provide you accurate and clear communication for every step of the job. A professional appearance and attitude is also reflected in the quality of the workmanship provided.
Review the above points before you sign on the dotted line!
- Check licenses and insurances.
- Is their quote fair and competitive?
- If your job is specialized, do they have experience in that field?
- Has somebody you know recommended them and can they show you references?
- Do they have a professional attitude and appearance?
- Do they have strong communication skills?
The above list will help you in your search for the best electrician. Keep these points in mind and you will surely find the right person for the job. RFG Electrical Contracting has been providing exceptional electrician services. Call us to get an estimate for your electrical job today!