Things like mowing the lawn, connecting the sprinklers, and cleaning out the garage are all on the list of things to do.
But, in addition to these simple chores, some people have big plans for elsewhere around their home – and, those projects take professional help.
Adding extra lighting to the outside of your home is a great thing to do this time of year. Especially, if you like entertaining during summer and would like your backyard to be a more friendly and inviting spot for people to come and spend time.
But, adding extra lighting means hiring an electrician. And, you want to make sure the person that you hire is experienced and professional.
Having someone who doesn’t know electricity as well as they should could not only put your outdoor party-area at risk, but it could put your home and family at risk if an electrical fire started.
Here are some tips for ensuring that the person you are hiring is top-notch:
- Ask around. The best advertising is word of mouth. Ask your friends, family, and neighbors for names and recommendations of electricians that they have worked with and have good experience with. An electrician that comes with a personal recommendation from someone that you trust is a great way to have peace of mind about your hire.
- If you find a couple of electricians that have come highly-recommended, make sure to talk with both of them and get estimates for how much they would charge for your project. It’s always a good idea to compare pricing when hiring.
- Read carefully. Make sure that you get the estimate in writing and you read it carefully. If you are unsure about anything, ask questions. You can even ask the other electrician about anything in the first contract that doesn’t make sense (without mentioning company names). Make sure that you and the electrician you are hiring are very clear about expectations for timeline, budget, materials, etc.
If you do your homework, hiring an electrician should be a fairly simple process. And, once you know who you are hiring, you can rest assured that your choice was well-thought out and educated.