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A good electrician can be extremely hard to find. Will they have the specialization to perform the task you need them to? Will they do it effectively, and will it be for the right price? These are the most common questions that plague householders as they rifle through the Yellow Pages and look for a new electrician. For some people, these questions overwhelm them so much that they often leave electrical mishaps unfixed for as long as they can. Far more serious than being just an inconvenience to your family, procrastinating on electrical repairs is unsafe and outright negligent.

So what should you look for in an electrician?

1. Qualifications

It is extremely important that you hire an expert electrician to do the job, not a handy-man or someone who just claims they know what they’re doing. Electrical systems are complicated to work with and one mistake could put your home or family in danger.

2. A Good Reputation

If you have been referred to an electrician by a trusted friend or family member, you can probably check this box straightaway. If not, you need to make sure the electrician is reputable, efficient, offers high-quality electrical services, and is reasonably priced. When it comes to choosing an electrician, don’t be afraid to shop around.

3. Punctuality

Remember the days when tradespeople would take their time to drop into you somewhere between 9am and 5pm on any given day? Don’t settle for someone who makes you stay home all day twiddling your fingers and waiting for them to arrive. Insist that they specify a time and date.

4. A Full Range of Electrical Services

It is no good if you hire an electrician that cannot fix the problem required, so make sure that they are fully equipped and qualified to do any electrical tasks.

5. Proper licensing

The simplest way to judge an electrician is to see whether they carry a proper license. A professional electrician is supposed to obtain their license as soon as they complete the training program and standard assessments. They need to present at least two years of work experience as an electrician and should be well conversed with the National Electrical Code and its regular changes. The license is significant to electrical contractors, as it denotes that they are qualified enough to install, plan, design, and maintain any electrical system.

There is another type of licensing which offers certification to the journeyman electrician who works as an assistant with a senior electrician. A journeyman electrician has not yet qualified to receive a master’s recognition, which prevents them from designing electrical circuits, but allows them to install the wiring and other related equipment.

Once you have found an electrician who fits the bill, hold onto them. If you continue to have no luck in your search, keep asking the people you know until you find someone. If an electrical mishap occurs in the meantime, feel free to shop around and ask some electrical companies to provide you with a quote before they start working. You never know – you might just find a great company through a quick online search.