5 Questions to Ask When Hiring a Raleigh Electrician

By January 11, 2019

How to Find the Right Raleigh Electrician

Finding an electrician in Raleigh that you can trust is more straightforward than if you are looking for a plumber or a carpenter as electricians have licensing requirements as well as an easy to understand set of qualifications that will give you an idea of how much experience they have working as an electrician. Because electricity (and the electrical components in your home or business that receive the electric service from the utility company) is dangerous but also vital to the operations of a home or business, it is important to find a local electrical contractor that you can trust and build a relationship with. It is not advisable to call on different electricians from one need to the next unless absolutely necessary.

 

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At Crisp Electric, we look to establish life-long relationships with our valued customers and service their electrical needs for their home and/or business for the long-term. This allows us to learn the electrical schematics of your home on the first service call we come out for. Crisp Electric is a full-service electrical contractor in Raleigh, NC serving the greater Triangle and larger commercial projects throughout the state.

There are a number of important questions that you should ask an electrician before hiring them for a job. If they are able to answer the questions satisfactorily without being evasive and able to present the relevant documents, you can be assured that you have done the due diligence in discerning whether they are capable of completing the job that you need to be done and can be trusted to come into your home or business.

Do they have the correct qualifications and licenses for electricians in North Carolina?

There are two main types of qualifications depending on the level of experience of the electrician. A journeyman electrician is typically less experienced although they do hold an electrician qualification. A journeyman electrician can qualify as a master electrician license after 4000 hours of work (roughly two years of full-time employment).  If you are hiring an electrician for a big job that will require experience, you will want to hire a master electrician.

Also, ensure that they have an electrician license and the correct business license and that they are both valid.

Do they provide a 5-Star experience as an Electrical Contractor?

If you type in the term ‘electrician companies near me’ or ‘electrical contractors near me’ into Google search, you will likely see a list of local electricians in your proximate area. Along with their contact details, you will also be able to see the number of stars and reviews that they have for their work.

If you are not able to get personal recommendations from friends or family members, this is a good way to see if the electrician that you’re thinking of hiring has the requisite skill level and experience to get the job done. At Crisp Electric, we take pride in providing each of our valued customers a 5-star electrical service experience no matter the size or scope of the electrical project you may have.

Do they have the right electrical contractor experience?

Take time to read some of the reviews either on their website or on Google local listings; it might be that they have completed a similar electrical repair service for someone else and you will be able to see if the client was satisfied with the work or not. Even the electrician’s website is a reflection of their level of professionalism and how serious they take their craft and their business.

If the electrician came personally recommended by a friend or family member, ask them to go through the experience in detail to see if the electric service company is likely to be a good fit for the job that you have in mind. In most cases, no two jobs are alike and even if an electrical contractor did a great job installing some new hallway sconces or kitchen lights doesn’t mean they have experience and expertise in handling large electrical contractor projects or whole home generator system installations.

One last option is to ask the electrician for references from people who have had similar work done. Give the references a call and ask them about their experience with the electrician.

At Crisp Electric we have decades of experience with plenty of current and past clients who can provide reference and service experience feedback on request.

Do they follow the law and have liability insurance for North Carolina electrical contractors?

A licensed electrician in North Carolina should have up-to-date general and/or professional liability insurance information that they can share with you. In addition to having peace of mind knowing that the electrical repair will be insured, it is also a good way to see if your prospective Raleigh electrician is serious about the work that they do and is knowledgeable about the technical and legal requirements of carrying out an electrical repair service business in North Carolina.

In North Carolina, electrical contractors need to follow North Carolina Electrical Contractors Licensing Law which can be found here.

Are you available for emergency electrical repair service?

This might seem like a trivial question to ask, but having an emergency electrician on speed dial is a necessity for any homeowner in need of emergency electrical repair service. Dealing with electrical faults can be a time-sensitive issue and quick intervention may prevent further damage along with restoring peace of mind and your electric service. A 24-hour electrician will be available any time of the day or night to perform emergency electrical repairs.

If you need more information on finding a licensed electrician, Crisp Electric in Raleigh, NC would love to help. They are a preferred 5-star rated electrical service contractor, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, servicing Wake Forest, Knightdale, Garner, Cary, Durham, Chapel Hill, Morrisville, Apex and surrounding areas.

Find Crisp Electric on Google Maps: https://maps.google.com/?cid=14956047087977836921

 

Lane A. Houk

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