If you are in need of a 24/7 Electrician then, most likely, you have an electrical emergency that needs to be taken care of asap. Still, please take 2 minutes to read this page. It will save you a lot of (possible) headaches.
STEP 1: Finding The Right Electrician, As Fast As Possible
In the case of an emergency, you’ll want to hire an electrician in your area, as close to you as possible. The best solution for this is to call an electrician hotline (like us) with licensed professionals contacts all over the USA. Tell us your location (address or zip code) and we’ll make sure we’ll offer you the closest contractors to you. This way you’ll save precious time otherwise spent on searching the internet for an electrician.
STEP 2: Ask For More Than One Contact
Another benefit of calling an electrician hotline is that they can offer you numerous contacts in your area. So, don’t settle for just one, ask for as many as possible.
STEP 3: Verify If The Electricians Are Registered, Licensed, Bonded and Insured
It’s vital to spend a few more minutes on the phone to ask the right questions than to hurry and hire the wrong contractor. Be sure to ask about these 4 legal aspects:
Typically less stringent than licensing, it often requires contractors to prove insurance and pay a fee. Sometimes it requires bonding but rarely tests competency. A few places use licensing and registration interchangeably.
Contractors have been granted a trade license as mandated by state and local laws. It generally requires passing competency tests about business practices and trade skills, paying a fee and proving insurance and/or bonding. Obviously, you should only consider licensed electricians. Being licensed means they’ve passed the necessary education. It takes a minimum of 4,000 hours of study to pass the exam required for certification.
Contractors have an arrangement with a third party (a private bond issuer or a recovery fund held by the licensing municipality). Homeowners may petition for reimbursement through that third party if contractors harm them financially because of shoddy work or failure to pay subcontractors as promised.
All contractors you hire should be insured. Ask to see a Certificate of Insurance, then call to verify if the policy is current and carries enough coverage for your project.
STEP 4: Do They Offer Warranty?
Ask whether the parts or labor or both are under warranty and how long that warranty is effective. A good electrician will offer a warranty.
Improper electrical work can be quite damaging thus it’s imperative to take all the necessary precautions to hire the right professional for the job at hand.
Aside for a price estimation, be sure to verify their licensing, ask them if they are insured but also demand warranty for the job that needs to be completed.