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5 Questions for an Electrician

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5 Questions for an Electrician

When you are experiencing electrical problems in your home, it’s best to hire a professional to help you get to the bottom of it. Why? Because electricians know how to figure out what is wrong and then fix it safely. Electricity is nothing to trifle with.


According to the group Electrical Safety Foundation International, more than 30,000 non-fatal shock accidents happen each year. They say there is an estimated average of 60 electrocutions every year that are associated with consumer products. The most common consumer products that caused those deaths were small appliances, power tools and lighting equipment.


The threat of death is very real when it comes to electrical work. There are also other less final repercussions – like fires and even more costly repairs. Your best bet is to seek out someone trustworthy to get the job done. This guide from will help you find the right electrician for you.

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    1.Are you licensed?

    If your electrician is licensed, he or she has passed a test administered by your state’s regulatory officials. Licensed electricians must have met certain standards required of him or her. Licensing is a way of ensuring that the work that the electrician does is of a certain quality. It means they are responsible for the work they do, and if they fail to meet standards, they could have their license revoked. Two terms to keep in mind: master electrician and journeyman electrician. Those terms denote a higher level of skill in your electrician.

  2. 2.How much experience do you have?

    It’ so important to make sure your contractor knows what he or she is doing. Explain to them the problem you are having or what you are having done. Ask them if they have dealt with something like this before, and if so, how.

  3. 3.Will I get a written estimate?

    It’s important with any work that is contracted out to get a written estimate of how much the job will cost, so that there are no surprises. Ask your contractor if he or she provides estimates. Be money-savvy and get at least two written estimates. That way you can go with the better deal.

  5. 4.What’s your plan of attack?

    Be in the know. Ask your electrician to explain how he or she will do the job. Ask them how long it will take to finish the job and if there will be any interruptions to your everyday life while work is going on. If parts must be ordered, ask how long it’ll take for them to get in. No one wants to be annoying, and it’s likely that your contractor can do the job without any input from you, but as the consumer, it’s important that you be informed about what is going on.

  6. 5.How can I keep my energy bills down?

    Money is tight for a lot of people these days, so you are probably looking for ways to cut down on your bills. Once the work is done, ask your contractor if he or she has any tips for energy usage. Since it’s their business, they’d know better than anyone else. While you’re at it, ask him or her what you can do to keep the work that they have just completed working well for a long time. Or, if your electrician just fixed something that wasn’t working correctly, ask what you can do to solve the problem in the future.


    An informed consumer is a happy consumer. Don’t be afraid to ask your electrician the right questions. It could help avoid a big headache in the future.

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