A licensed electrician is required to complete an apprenticeship and become licensed in the state they choose to work in. A low price may look nice but, hiring an electrician with the legal eligibility and right skills will help save a lot in the long run. If you hire an unlicensed electrician you risk having faulty work done and the results could be catastrophic. The risks can affect not only the electrician but you, your family or your property.
Another thing you need to think about before hiring an electrician is if they are reliable or not. Will they be able to fix what you need done? Do they know the complex system of wiring on your property? These can be especially tricky if you are in a condo or an apartment; the issue you are having may be isolated or may spread to other areas. You want to ask as many questions about their rates and if you can get better rates if you keep a long term relationship going.
An important thing to keep in mind is who will actually be working on your property. The electrician you speak to on the phone might not be who shows up at your door. They may send an apprentice and it is your job to know who they are sending and the skill level of that person.
As with many other contractors, insurance is something that is required of them. Ask what is and is not covered with their insurance policies in case something should go wrong. The company you speak to may also have other service guarantees as well.
Most people don’t just go to one car dealership to make a purchase, they shop around. You should do the same for your electrician and pick the best option for you and your property. Additionally you can check their licensing through local government and state websites.
All of this should be figured out before any work is done so when the bill comes; you are not “shocked” by it.