Hire the right electrician for the job

If you didn’t buy your home new, or if it is more than 20 years old, you should have an electrician check your electrical system to be sure it can safely handle your family’s growing electricity needs.

The Electrical Safety Foundation International offers tips for selecting the best electrician for the job.

  • Look online for a directory of local electrical contractors.
  • Ask the electrician to show you current insurance certificates for liability, property damage and workers’ compensation.
  • Choose an electrician who has a contractor’s license from the state.
  • Do not hire electricians who go door-to-door asking for work. Reputable companies don’t need to do that.
  • Call more than one electrical contractor for estimates so you can comparison shop.
  • Ask the contractor for local references or check with the Better Business Bureau.
  • Determine if the electrician is part of a national or regional electrical association. Membership doesn’t guarantee a quality inspection, but associations offer educational programs to keep members up to date on technological advancements.