Doing electrical work is no joke. It’s highly recommended that you leave it to the professionals because even the slightest mistake can lead to severe injuries or cause a fire. That being said, it’s also important that you hire the right electrician for the job. At Elite Construction & Renovations, we want to help you by sharing some questions you should have before hiring an electrician in Atlanta.
Does this job require a permit?
Not all electrical problems are big enough to require a permit. However, if you need to replace your electrical panel, change the main service, or make any electrical additions to your home, you’ll need to obtain a permit. While the electrician can often do the legwork that comes with getting a permit, it does make for an added cost with your project or repair.
Do you offer a service guarantee?
Electricians who back up their work with a service guarantee are often the most confident in their work. If the answer to this question is no, you can likely find a better electrician. Be sure to find out more about the guarantee like what all is included and how long it’s good for. Should the same problem pop up in two months, you want to make sure you’re calling the right person to come to make the repair rather than paying to have someone do it again.
Will you do an electrical safety inspection?
No matter how new or old your home is, the peace of mind that comes with a safe electrical system is worth a lot. It’s a good idea to have an electrician perform an inspection on the electrical system in your home while they’re there so you have a chance to nip any problems in the bud before they become a major issue and a safety hazard.
Is this a long-term solution?
Some electrical fixes and be done with some tape or an extra harness. This might take five minutes to fix and it’ll last for years. Others require a much larger fix but the issue will raise its head once again in a few weeks. Get a firm answer out of the electrician regarding their plan to fix your problem and how well it will hold. Again, you don’t want to be paying for the same repair over and over.
How often have you seen this problem?
Some electrical problems can be considered everyday issues to an electrician. Even if the repair takes some time, it could be something the electrician is familiar with and a task that can be easily performed. Although, some issues aren’t as common and someone who isn’t as experienced might struggle to fix the issue. Get a feel for their confidence level when explaining how they’ll go about the repair. If you don’t feel comfortable with the electrician, keep looking.
How much will this cost?
No matter how big of an electrical issue you have, you have a budget. Every electrical contractor is going to understand this. Get an estimate before starting the project so you can either make room in your budget, get another opinion, or wait on making an addition. Remember that you can still speak with another professional even if the problem is urgent. You don’t have to hire the first person you speak to simply because they’re there.
Get in touch to get started
If you’re having electrical problems in your home or are looking to make an addition, reach out to our team at Elite Construction & Renovations. We can help you with our team of electricians in Atlanta. Contact us by calling 770-624-9216 or send a message via our contact form. We’re available for you seven days a week.