How to Hire to Wire
When your home was built, were televisions, home computers and microwave ovens even invented yet? On average, people today have more high-tech appliances and electrical products – which draw more power and require more outlets – than in the past.
*WARNING! If you answered yes to any of these last three questions, call an electrician immediately – these are dangerous warning signs!
Choosing an electrician
A great place to start is with personal recommendations. Have neighbors or relatives had electrical work performed recently and would they use that electrician again? You could also look in the phone book and see who has been in business a long time – that’s often a good sign of a reliable contractor. Make sure they are licensed, bonded and insured. It doesn’t hurt to check with the Better Business Bureau, too.
When hiring any contractor, it makes sense to get several estimates. Make sure you’re clear on the terms. Do they charge an hourly rate or a flat bid? Do they charge travel time? If the company sends more than one electrician, is the hourly charge per person? But when making the final decision, don’t just go for the low bid – consider qualifications and experience, your personal impressions and references from happy customers.
For more information, read the “Bringing in an Electrician” article on the This Old House web site.