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Finding an Electrical Contractor

To find an electrical contractor, you must first determine the type of work you need done in order to get the expert in that sub-section of the field. For instance, if you want to set up emergency power as back-up in case of an outage or failure, then you don't need an electrician who specializes in outside work only, like power line construction.

Similarly, if there is infrastructure work needed to be completed, an electrical worker who can set up your home automation service would likely not be able to implement electrical infrastructure such as power line construction.

You can either post your project on sites created for this purpose, where electrical contractors will place bids, or you can research your choices by obtaining word-of-mouth references and searching online. To jump-start your search, use the phrase "electrical contractor" with your geographical location added, so if you live in California, for example, your search term would be: electrical contractor California.

If you are too broad in your search (using "electrical contractor USA") or too narrow (using "electrical contractor San Jose") you will not obtain optimum search results. In the first instance, there will simply be too many responses to make it possible to look through; in the second, you may lose a state-wide contractor that has branches in several cities.

Therefore do the state search first (such as "electrical contractor California"), and from the first ten or so pages from that response, you can whittle down to your immediate town or county.

No matter how you actually find an electrical contractor, you need to protect yourself, and some suggestions include: obtain the contractor's business license number and make sure you call the local licensing office to verify that company's standing.

Remember to search the Better Business Bureau, where you can discover if there were any complaints filed against the electrical company. Call the insurance agent that represents the contractor, to confirm that their public liability and property damage coverage is in full force and effect.

As important as all of the foregoing, ensure that you obtain past client names and contact information from the contractor, and make sure you speak to these people. They were once in your position, searching for a reliable electrical contractor and have given permission to the one you are interested in hiring to be contacted as a reference.

Use this source, and take up any invitation given to see the work in person. Ask about everything: the bid or estimate; the finished cost; the time frame given and the actual time it took to do the job. Once you have done your homework, you can make an educated choice.


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