Living in an increasingly connected world has plenty of advantages, from the peace of mind that comes from being able to control all of your home systems with the Smartphone in your hand to the guilty pleasure of holing up with Netflix and a pint of ice cream freshly delivered to your door minutes after placing an order online.

In a best-case scenario, you’ll have ample time to do your research to find the best fit; in a likelier scenario, you’ll need to find an electrician F-A-S-T. Either way, you’ll want to find a contractor who has the skill and experience to do the job right. And to do that, you’ll need to be sure to check on of a few of these things.

  1. Is the electrician state licensed? While not all states require electricians to be state-licensed, the odds are your state does. Before you hire any electrician to do any work, check to make sure they are licensed, and that the license is up-to-date. In Oregon, you can check using the contractor’s name, license number, or even search the database to find a licensed electrician.
  2. Are they highly trained? This is a trickier one, but there are a few ways you can verify that an electrical contractor is ‘up to snuff’ when it comes to training. While the licensing process requires a certain amount of education and training, electrical contractors should continue to seek out training opportunities. Many electricians will seek out their local unions for these opportunities. Programs like the Plus 5 Program go even further. These types of programs often require extensive training to be a part of the program, so you have additional vetting from an outside source.
  3. What have other people experienced working with this contractor*? Once you’ve verified the electric contractor is licensed in your state, you can also use online crowd-sourced review sites to verify the quality of the experience others have had with the business. There are plenty of sites to choose from nowadays, but some of the best options in most areas are Angie’s List, Yelp, and Houzz.
  4. Do they offer any kind of warranty or protection plan for their work? Finally, ask your electrical contractor if they offer their services under warranty or another type of protection. Many electrical workers will provide a one-year warranty for their work. By joining forces with other outside programs, like the Portland Plus 5 Program, some electricians may be able to guarantee their work for up to five years!

Added tip: As you’re checking out the electrician’s reviews, make sure to pay extra attention to the specialties they’re being reviewed on. Do their specialties align with your needs?

And there you have it. By using these questions, you will be better equipped to find an electrician in your area who can perform the quality work you need.

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