The field of Atlanta electric service companies is expansive, which makes it complicated when choosing one for your remodeling project. Local electricians run the gamut from brand new start-ups to enormous nationwide franchises. Sorting through the crowd for the electrician that best fits your needs can be time-intensive and frustrating. Consider these hard truths about electric service companies before you hire them for your remodel:
Not all electric service companies have adequate experience with remodeling projects.
Many companies do a great job of installing certain kinds of outlets or devices, but that experience certainly does not qualify them to rewire the remodeled portion of your house. Be sure to ask each candidate for specific examples of their remodeling experience.
Some electric service companies do a terrible job when it comes to providing estimates.
If you’re just offered a nice round number and a handshake, do not take that deal! It’s an easy way for them to jack the price up later. Ask for a written, detailed estimate that shows the complete breakdown of their bottom line number. Also, ask each candidate what happens when the game plan for a project changes and the cost increases. Will they surprise you with the additional charges at the end, or clear the expense with you before they proceed?
As you narrow down the field of candidates, keep a few more things in mind.
First of all, you should never snap up the lowest quote you get, because there is likely a reason why one company is pricing their work so much lower than the rest. Also, if a company claims that they can get the job done far faster than the rest, they are probably just trying to get you to choose them – they are mere mortals, after all. If everyone else says the project will be done in six weeks and one company tells you three weeks, that guy is full of baloney.
In short, it’s important to shop around, ask questions, check references, and pay close attention to the answers you get. If it feels like some electrical service companies are just telling you what you want to hear, you’re probably right. Keep looking. You also need to verify that your electrician of choice is insured and licensed properly. It’s the only way to make sure you have legal recourse if the project goes south.
On the other hand, there are some honest, reputable, and experienced electricians out there. It’s worth the time and effort to nail down the business that is the best fit for your needs. Find someone who is easy to communicate with, is happy to answer your questions, and gives you realistic numbers and estimates throughout the process.
Arc Angel Electric knows that shopping for an electrician is a stressful process. We look forward to answering your questions and putting your mind at ease. Next time you are searching for the best electric service companies in the Atlanta area, call Arc Angel at 770.889.9243.