5 Things to Check Before Hiring an Electrician

5 Things to Check Before Hiring an Electrician

According to the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, most electricians receive their training through apprenticeships, though some enter the field by attending technical school. Once they've worked enough hours, they can apply to become licensed as a journeyman.

Before hiring an electrician to work on your home, know their qualifications by asking the right questions.

1. Is the electrician licensed, bonded and insured?

These important components protect you in case something goes wrong.

2. Who’s going to be doing the work?

Will it be the owner, or a licensed journeyman electrician working for him? If any apprentices are on the job, who will be overseeing them? Additionally, if the electrician uses subcontractors, they may not be covered by the contractor’s licensing and insurance, so make sure everyone is protected.

3. What kind of warranty do they offer on their work?

Ask whether the warranty covers parts, labor or both, and how long it’s effective.

4. How much experience do they have?

The longer they’ve been on the job, and the more continuing education they’ve received, the more likely they are to know the ins and outs of different systems.

5. Are they up to date with the National Electrical Code?

The NEC sets the standard for electrical work in most states, and it's updated every three years. A good electrician will be up to date on the most recent edition.


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Before hiring an electrician, verify the company's trade license and staff training. (Photo by Steve C. Mitchell)
Before hiring an electrician, verify the company's trade license and staff training. (Photo by Steve C. Mitchell)

In addition to checking out an electrical company's trade license, experts advise homeowners to verify that the person doing your job received proper training.

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