Evaluate electricians to ensure home safety in Boston
If you’re dealing with faulty electrical wiring in your home, finding a reliable and qualified electrician is a top concern in ensuring that your home is safe.
The dangers associated with electrical problems in the home are sobering. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, electrical fires claim the lives of 310 Americans annually and are to blame for the injuries of 1,110 more. In addition, home electrical issues account for 28,600 fires and more than $1 billion in property damages. More than half of those electrical fires — 53 percent — involve electrical wiring.
According to the Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation, all contractors who charge $500 or more for any work performed must undergo its licensing requirements. In the case of an electrician, those requirements are more stringent because of the potential hazards associated with faulty wiring.
Selecting an electrician that will leave your home and family safe is important; not a decision you want to rush through or take likely. When reviewing the skills and licensing of a potential electrician, make sure you:
- Discuss your needs; review their suggestions; and inquire about their billing procedures.
- Request and thoroughly review the proposed contract before signing.
- Ask for references. Make sure you actually contact the homeowners to inquire about the scope of the job and their satisfaction with the electrician's work. Don’t hesitate to ask about professionalism, unexpected additional fees, and a straightforward assessment of the work.
- Check Angie's List for consumer reviews, taking special note of specific feedback, including negative reviews, resolutions, and positive experiences.
- Thoroughly check their licensing credentials.