There are DIY projects that can easily be handled by just about any person experienced in DIY projects and who has some spare time on their hands. Any project involving plumbing, HVAC systems and electrical is not one of those. For instance, an improperly installed electrical system can ignite a fire that would set you and your neighbors several millions behind. Be advised also that majority of the professionals in the electrical field may shy away from taking any shoddy job that was done by a quack. Of course, the only guarantee you will have of professionalism is if you worked with a qualified and experienced electrical contractor. That said, there are some common mistakes that people make when choosing electrical contractors.
To get you started, never choose an electrical contractor by simply looking at how much they charge for the service. Of course, getting cheap contracting services may mean huge savings on your part, right? You can bet there is a lot more that defines electrical contracting services and the lowest bid is never one of those. Among the many things to look at including their qualification, experience, competence, availability, and professionalism. You might also want to ensure you have hired an electrical contractor after thoroughly checking and verifying the references provided. How else are you going to tell whether or not a service provider has a good reputation if you do not check references? No doubt any contractor that knows their credibility and reputation is at stake would be more than willing to provide you with the references and contact details you will need to make an informed decision. You can always do a follow up with a phone call to find out how their experience was with the electrical contractor that you are considering.
Be advised that any incompetent and unscrupulous service provider can pay any amount of money to have a website up and running. The third costly mistake, therefore, would be to hire an electrical contractor by simply looking at their website and not verifying their physical location. Never pay any monies to any electrical contractor until all details of the projects are well understood by all parties and that you have verified their physical address. You should even plan on making an impromptu visit to their physical address jus to be sure you are not dealing with a briefcase company. Of course, an electrical contractor with a good reputation will always want to maintain that good word of mouth.