There are lots of factors to consider when hiring an electrician.  A few to consider are:

  • Years in business
  • Appropriate licenses and insurance
  • References
  • Guarantees and warranties

At one point, though, price will undoubtedly come into play.  But here are some things to consider.

1. The hourly rate.  It is certainly easy to compare hourly rates.  But that can be misleading.  For example, an experienced electrician may charge more, but may come to your house with everything he needs and can complete the work in as timely manner.  A less experienced electrician may not have everything he needs, and it may take him longer to do the work, resulting in a higher total cost.  That is why experience and references are valuable.

2. Travel charges.  Some electricians charge for travel time and some don’t.  Find out beforehand.

And here are two things you can do to minimize expense.

3. Take care of everything.  Before you hire the electrician, go through your house and make a list of everything that needs to be done.  You can save money by having everything taken care of at once.

4. Be prepared.  You can save money by being ready when the electrician comes.  Have your list of what needs to be done, make sure the electrical panel is accessible, and clear the spaces where the electrician will need to work.