We talk a lot about “make sure you hire a licensed and insured electrical company to do your work” But do you know how or what to look for?
Why should I pay more money to hire a licensed Electrician than an unlicensed Electrician? All Electricians- Master and Journeyman – Have a minimum of 4 years schooling and on the job training and then they have to qualify and test with the state before the board approves them to be a licensed journeyman then another 3 years minimum before they can test to be a Master Electrician.
They are all required 16 hours continuing Ed every two years (state law) to renew their licenses. Continuing Ed goes over the new laws and new requirements. Electrical Contractors have to have an additional 8 hours to renew their licenses. This is to keep the workers up to date on everything. NEC (National Electrical Code) also puts out an expensive book every two years that electricians have to go by. OSHA has requirements that Electricians have to abide by also. So, if you have a licensed Electrician, vs an unlicensed electrician, more than likely they are up to date on all the continuing laws and regulations. Really, who would you rather have working on your home? You can ask to see their licenses, it is required that they carry it on them. You can look on the state website DOPL to check if their licensing is current also. Its fast and easy to check.
Why should I make sure my Electrician has insurance coverage? Insurance coverage for contractors covers both the electrician and the homeowner.
How can I know my Electrician has the right experience: Talk to your Electrician to see what work they have done in the past. This will help you know if they are able to do the work you need. Also talk to friends and neighbors about their experiences and check out reviews online.
Make sure your Electrician listens to what you need and want and what your concerns are: Make sure they know what your problem is and they are addressing the right problem.
Remember, it might feel like you are saving money to do the work yourself, but we get lots of calls that start out with “I was just doing ** and now I have no electricity in my home.” Electricians have to go to school to learn what they do professionally, you wouldn’t go to your next door neighbor and ask them to put your braces on, right?
Disclaimer: Remember what you just learned, always call a licensed and insured up to date Electrician to safely do work on your home. The way you want it done.