What Questions Should I Ask Before I Hire an Electrician?
Choosing an electrician is one of the most important decisions you will make as a home or business owner. The wrong decision puts your safety at risk, as well as the safety of your building and your family or employees. Home and business owners in Vancouver, North Vancouver, Richmond, Burnaby, Surrey, and Langley have many options to choose from when looking for an electrician. Unfortunately, many of us don’t even know what to look for. What makes a trustworthy electrician? Here are five questions that should be at the top of your list.
Are you licensed?
The top question you need to ask may seem obvious: Is the professional you are considering a licensed electrician? A licensed electrician has had both classroom training and an extensive apprenticeship. They are able to perform work that meets the minimum standards of the BC and Canadian Electrical Codes. In addition, most types of electrical work can only be legally performed by licensed electricians.
Are you insured?
If anything goes wrong, you want to know that you are fully protected. Choosing an insured professional means that you won’t suffer loss if anyone is hurt working on your property.
How much experience do you have? What are your specialties?
A license guarantees a certain minimum level of experience, but there’s no substitute for years on the job. In addition, many types of jobs (such as construction and industrial electrical work) require a specialist electrician. Make sure that the person you are considering has the experience you need and is able to handle the job you have in mind.
What are your rates? Do you offer any guarantees or special pricing?
Cost isn’t the only consideration, but there’s no doubt it’s a major factor. Ask about prices up-front and avoid any nasty surprises when the work is done. Be sure to ask about satisfaction guarantees.
Do you have any references I can check? Are you registered with the Better Business Bureau?
Don’t just get references — check them! Your electrician should be able to point you to satisfied customers who were happy with jobs similar to what you’re having done. The Better Business Bureau collects information on a business and provides a method of resolving disputes. You can go online and check out the business you are considering to ensure that it is in good standing and that any complaints have been resolved.
Pro Ace Electricians in Vancouver BC
Pro Ace Electricians are fully licensed and insured, with years of experience and hundreds of satisfied customers. We provide electricians to residences, businesses, industrial sites, and construction sites throughout the Lower Mainland. Give us a call for a free electrical quote, or to find out about our current specials.