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  1. 1. ==== ====If you are looking for Electricians in the Pensacola, FL area, check us out! ====When youre looking for an electrician, look for someone with whom you can form a long-termrelationship. Its going to save you a lot of time and money if you can find someone whom youtrust to get the job right the first time and give you the right price.Step 1) Find Recommended CompaniesYou can get recommendations for electricians from friends and neighbors. You can also searchon-line for electrician Los Angeles or electrician Burbank, and so on. If you add the word reviewsto your search, you can look through company reviews.Another approach is to search websites that feature reviews. Reviews appear on many websitesincluding Google Places,,, and is anexcellent source of recommendations for contractors but requires a small annual membership fee.On AngiesList, you can see how customers rated their contractors, including electricians, anddetails of how their jobs went.When looking at customer reviews, take a look at the big picture. Is there one bad review amongthe many good ones? Is it just a grumpy customer? Is there a company reply that clears things upor says that it has corrected its employee?Once you have three or so recommended electricians, take a look at their websites.Step 2) Check the Electrical Company Website1. Is it presentable and well-maintained?2. Easy to find what youre looking for?3. Friendly, helpful, and not cluttered with hard-sell advertising?4. How many good testimonials?If the website checks out, its time to interview the electrician.Step 3) InterviewWhen you talk with the electrician, pay attention to how comfortable you are, including your trustlevel. Ive listed questions that you can ask. If youve already gotten glowing recommendations orits a small repair job like fixing a broken light switch, you probably wouldnt want to ask them all.
  2. 2. But if you arent talking with a recommended electrician and youre planning a remodel, ask away.1. Experience with your type of work2. Years in business. Most companies which have stayed in business a long time have managedto keep their customers satisfied. Theyve also gathered a lot of useful experience andcompetence.3. Contractors License Number4. Liability Insurance and Workers Comp Insurance. Its desirable that the company carry at least$1 million in liability insurance to protect your home should their work create property damage.Workers Comp provides for medical care for the electricians should they be injured on your job.Again, this protects you from liability.5. Guarantees. Some companies offer a lifetime guarantee on their work. This wouldnt generallyinclude the electrical parts that they install - thats covered by the manufacturers guarantee.However, the electrician should give you at least a several-year guarantee on labor. A guaranteeup to the life of your home is best.6. Better Business Bureau (BBB) rating. Ask for the exact company name that you should look andin which city. Sometimes, the BBB will use a slightly different name, possibly the formal legalname of the company.7. Pricing8. Website address if you dont already have it9. Names and contact info for five clientsTake notes on all this, particularly the License Number. If you decide to go ahead, you may wish tocheck some of what the electrician has said. If you decide not to go ahead, no need to proceedany further with this electrician. But save the notes so that you can remind yourself later of whichcompanies youve already ruled out.Step 4) Look and ListenWhile youre gathering this information, listen to what is said but also pay attention to how theelectrician acts and makes you feel. If you meet with the electrician, keep your eyes open, too.1. Do you like the electrician?2. Do you feel comfortable and not under pressure?3. Does the electrician inspire your trust?4. Do the electrician and company employees seem to know what theyre doing?
  3. 3. 5. Do they seem to operate legally and behave ethically? Are they acting the way that you wouldwant them to act towards you?6. Do they return phone calls promptly?7. Are they timely when meeting you for appointments?8. Do they listen to your questions and concerns and answer them in a way that is forthcomingand that you can understand?9. Does the electrician dress neatly and have a vehicle and tools that look well-maintained?Electricians who are bidding jobs are on their best behavior. If you already notice that anelectrician treats you or others in ways that concern you, better to find another with whom you feelmore comfortable.Step 5) Check It Out1. If you havent already, check customer reviews. The first section of this article gives details.2. Enter the Contractors License Number into the Contractors License Board website for yourstate. See if there are any "black marks."3. Check the companys rating at the Better Business Bureau at Ratings runfrom A+ to F based on customer complaints made to the Bureau. As a note, an "A" reflects thesame level of customer satisfaction as an "A+." The "A+" is earned by an "A" contractor becominga paying member of the Better Business Bureau, which supports the Bureau in its work.Step 6) Call ReferencesDont hesitate to call references. Customers are usually happy to give a good recommendation tohelp a deserving electrical contractor. You can return the favor later should a homeowner call you.Ask:1. How did your job go?2. Was your job done right the first time?3. If a return visit was needed, was the electrician easy to work with and prompt?4. Was company pricing competitive?5. Was the electrician within budget and schedule?6. Would you be happy to continue to use this electrical company?Speak with at least three references. Listen carefully for enthusiasm or lack of enthusiasm aboutthe electrician. Clients, past or present, may not feel comfortable saying anything negative. If they
  4. 4. express little enthusiasm or say something negative, take this into consideration when makingyour decision.A Final Tip: Dont Automatically Choose the Low BidA bid may be too low. How can that be? An electrician may intentionally omit items that the jobrequires, only to come back later saying that additional work needs to be done. On the other hand,some electricians may unintentionally bid low through inexperience. Either way, the electricianmay ask for more money to finish the job or may leave you with an incomplete project.Price is important, but judge the entire picture an electrician is showing you -- character, expertise,the ease of working with him or her, and overall value. A large part of an electricians value is thathe/she gets the job done right and safely without taking too much of your time andinconveniencing you. A very competent electrician can save you money by suggesting moreefficient ways to do a job or to save on electricity. When you enjoy a good relationship with yourelectrician, it can save you both time and money.Kim Hopkins has been a Los Angeles electrician since 1979. His company, The ElectricConnection at, is one of the foremost electrical contractingcompanies in the L.A. area. Kim has done trainings on electrical safety for home inspectorsthroughout Los Angeles. For electrical tips and information about home electrical safety, go to Source: ====If you are looking for Electricians in the Pensacola, FL area, check us out! ====