The electrical system is one of the most important parts of any home. However, electrical systems are inherently dangerous since they have the potential to start a fire or cause electrocution if not designed, installed, and repaired properly. Because of this, it is essential that you think carefully about which electrician you choose to do any work on your electrical system. Here are some things to look for that can help you ensure that you hire a trustworthy, reliable electrician who can get the job done right.
Licensed and Insured
Make sure that any electrician you hire is fully licensed and insured. The electrical industry is extremely well regulated. Companies can typically only receive a license if a certified master electrician owns or is employed by the business. Many electrical tasks also require an electrical permit before the work can be started, and only a master electrician can get the necessary permit. Becoming a master electrician takes years of training and on-the-job experience, which ensures that the electrician can perform any electrical tasks safely and according to the relevant code requirements.
Electrical licenses must be regularly renewed and can be revoked if the company or the electrician doesn’t meet the necessary standards. If an electrical company is fully licensed by the state, this demonstrates that employees have the necessary licenses and experience to do the work.
In order for a company to be licensed, they must also provide proof that they are fully insured. Hiring an insured electrician is extremely important for protecting you against potential liability issues. If the electrician is insured and gets injured while performing the work or even just while they’re on your property, the insurance will cover all of their medical bills. If you hire someone who isn’t properly insured, you may be left liable and have to cover all of the bills yourself or even be sued for additional damages.
Insurance also protects you in case the electrician damages your property. For instance, if the work is not done properly and leads to a fire or damages any part of your home, the company’s insurance will cover all of the damages and repairs. If the electrician did the work incorrectly and you became injured, their insurance would also cover your medical bills.
Building codes dictate that electrical work must be done by a licensed electrician. If you were to do the work yourself or hire someone who isn’t insured, your electrical system may no longer be up to code, and you could face large fines or be forced to have the work redone before you could sell your house in the future.
When choosing an electrician, you want to hire someone who will always provide honest, clear communication. This means listening to your description of the problem so that they can get a better idea of what you’re experiencing or what work you need to have done. After determining the extent of the project and exactly what work needs to be performed, the electrician should also communicate all of this to you clearly and in a way that you can understand.
Unfortunately, there are some less-than-reputable contractors that like to use technical jargon or explain things in a convoluted way so that they can convince you to pay more than is justified or sign up for more than what you really need. You should also be wary of anyone who only offers one solution instead of giving you options and helping you understand the possible pros and cons of each.
At Absolute Services, we pride ourselves on being honest and upfront with our clients. When you need any electrical work performed, one of our friendly, knowledgeable electricians will arrive at the appointed time, ready to listen and explain. Once it is determined what the issue is and what needs to be done, our staff will explain everything to you carefully so you know exactly what options you have for moving forward with the work. This includes a detailed estimate of how much everything will cost.
Complete, Upfront Estimates
A trustworthy electrician should always be willing to provide you with a full, upfront estimate before starting the work. This means giving you a breakdown of what work is needed and why it’s necessary. You should also receive a breakdown of all the associated costs for parts and labor. Finding an electrician that provides free estimates is important so you don’t get stuck paying a fee if you’re not happy with the quoted price or don’t think the electrician can do the job properly.
At Absolute Services, we are always happy to provide free, upfront, no-obligation estimates so that you can be certain you’re getting a good deal. Of course, the final cost can be subject to change since the electrician may encounter unforeseen issues or the job may take longer than they originally thought. If this does happen, we will always explain to you what issues we encountered and what additional work is required before we proceed.
A reputable electrical contractor will provide a warranty for their work as well as a satisfaction guarantee. This is another thing that sets Absolute Services apart from the competitors, as we provide a 100% satisfaction guarantee on all of the electrical installation, repair, and inspection work that we perform. If the job isn’t done to your standards and you’re not fully satisfied, we will do whatever it takes to rectify the situation.
We also happily provide a full one-year parts and labor warranty on all of our electrical services. Customers who sign up for an Absolute Coverage Club maintenance agreement will receive a full two-year warranty on any service we perform. If you have a new whole-home generator installed, we will also provide a full 10-year parts warranty on your new unit.
Awards and Reviews
The internet has made it easy to find an experienced electrician with a reputation for quality workmanship and excellent customer service. Reading online reviews is an easy way to get a better idea of the quality of work the company performs, how their prices compare, and how satisfied people are with the work they’ve previously performed.
At Absolute Services, we provide award-winning services and are proud to have more than 1,000 five-star reviews. We are a HomeAdvisor Elite Service provider and were awarded the Best of HomeAdvisor Award in 2021. Our company was also the recipient of the Angie’s List Super Service Award for seven years in a row. Inc. magazine also named us on their Inc. 5000 2023 list of the fastest-growing private companies in America.
We have been providing exceptional home services to the Louisville area for more than 16 years, and we also serve customers in Lexington, Elizabethtown, and Southern Indiana. Whether you’re searching for a reputable electrician or need any plumbing, HVAC, or garage door services, give Absolute Services a call today to get the outstanding service your home deserves.